Topara Ceremonial Vessel

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James Blake Wiener
published on 02 December 2018

This ceremonial vessel made of terracotta clay was created by the Topará Culture, which occupied and coexisted with the Paracas Culture in Paracas Peninsula and in the nearby Ica Valley in what is present-day Peru. The exchange of artistic styles and cultural between these two cultures profoundly affected the subsequent development and genesis of the Nazca civilization. Indigenous artisans created this artifact between the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE. (Museum Rietberg, Zürich).

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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