Museum Collections - Ancient Peru - Nasca - Artifact #3

Massive ceramic object depicting a severed head - Nasca

WHO: Nasca culture

WHERE: South coast, Peru

WHEN: Early Intermediate Period, A.D. 100 - 300

WHAT: This massive ceramic object of the early Nasca style depicts a modest human in a simple men's skirt clutching a baton and a trophy head. He is being preyed upon by a larger, richly adorned personage who appears to be feasting via a long tongue through the victim's neck.
Height: 62.5 cm

HOW: Coil-built and hand-modelled vessel; polychrome slip painting within black slip-painted outlines; burnished.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.87


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