Two wide eyes set into burgundy skin gaze out from between this figure’s whiskered mouth-mask and matching forehead ornament—attributes that identify the vessel’s subject as the “Anthropomorphic Mythical Being.”
Perhaps the most popular supernatural creature depicted in Nasca iconography, the Anthropomorphic Mythical Being often wraps around a vessel horizontally, its face framed by chunks of thick hair decorated with spherical bangles. The heavy black outlines encasing the geometric forms on this beaker mimic the focus on linear designs embodied by the most famous Nasca artistic accomplishment: monumental line drawings created by carefully arranging stones on the broad canvas of the Peruvian desert.
indigenous people; patterns; design; figures; red; tools; personification; drinking
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