Nazca Trophy Head Vessel

A large Pre-Columbian Nazca polychrome pottery vessel in the form of a decapitated trophy head of a chief wearing an elaborate headdress of feathers and birds.

Southern Peru.
Ca. 500 - 800 AD.
Height: 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm).

The Nazca culture thrived on the southern coast of what is now Peru. Artistically the Nazcas are distinguished by their bold abstract designs in both ceramics and textiles. Their pottery was of fine thin walled design and was painted in as many as thirteen different colors depicting an array of naturalistic and mythological motifs.

Formerly in a Connecticut private collection.
Inv#: 8042
Guaranteed Authentic


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