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    A Nazca artist from Peru made this painted ceramic container almost 2,000 years ago. It may have been used daily to hold liquids or during special ceremonies to prepare for battles and honor brave warriors. Have you ever made a picture to honor someone you admire?


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    This creature wears a catlike mask to show his skill in guarding territory.

    The lower part of the creature’s body takes the shape of a shark or killer whale, two of the fiercest animals in the sea.

    The creature holds the head of an enemy warrior in one hand and a chief’s baton in the other to show his strength and importance.

    The stirrup-shaped handle makes it easier to carry the jug. The small openings in the spouts kept the liquid inside from evaporating into the air.


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