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Vessel with Abstract Heads

100 BCE–700 CE
Overall: 10.4 x 14 cm (4 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
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Location: 232 Andean

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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.
Vessel with Abstract Heads

Vessel with Abstract Heads

100 BCE–700 CE

Peru, South Coast, Nasca

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