Feb 10, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Feb 10, 2011

Vessel with Abstract Heads

Vessel with Abstract Heads

100 BC–AD 700

Earthenware with colored slips

Overall: 10.4 x 14 cm (4 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

James Albert Ford Memorial Fund 1946.279



Late Nasca supernatural depictions became abstract, detailed, and focused on the head. In this vessel's central register, for instance, a deity is reduced to two mask-like faces, edged by volutes and linked by tongues; the only remains of a body are the hands. The lower register carries a similar image, and the upper register has severed human heads.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
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