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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Pre-Columbian; Nasca Culture
Title:Jar with Image of a Nasca Warrior
Date Made:100 BC - 500 AD
Type:Ceramic
Materials:earthenware
Place Made:South America; Peru; South Coast
Measurements:Overall: 4 11/16 in x 4 5/8 in; 11.9 cm x 11.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC C.1940.3
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. George D. Pratt (Vera Hale)
C-1940-3.jpg

Label Text:
The face of the Nasca warrior is painted on the jar's front, and his body is wrapped around the vessel. Both hands are stretched out in front of his head and he holds a decapitated human head by its long black hair. The vertical white line behind his clasped hands is his baton or weapon. His painted headband and feline mask replicate actual gold accessories. The warrior's long cape is embellished with spikes that transfrom the wearer into a mythological lizard. Trophy heads are painted between the spikes.

Tags:
indigenous people; patterns; design; figures; red; tools; personification; drinking

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