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Human head effigy vase

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Ritual drinking vessel with slightly outflaring, tall neck and rounded base, modeled and painted to represent a human head, perhaps a stylized representation of a Nasca leader. The face is decorated with black painting around the eyes, and he has a thin mustache and goatee. He wears an...

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On bottom: "21" and "C" in black.


Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Nasca, Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phases 3-4), A.D. 200–400

Object Place

South Coast, Peru


19.3 x 13.8 cm (7 5/8 x 5 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, black, and white on cream slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware