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Jar with small loop handles

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Small loop-handled jar with rounded base and polychrome slip decoration portraying trophy heads, one of the most common and important motifs in Nasca ceramics. Decapitation and the display of trophy heads are a pan-Andean tradition pertaining to rituals promoting agricultural fertility. The...

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On bottom: "10/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 Phase 5), A.D. 400–500

Object Place

South Coast, Perú


14.6 x 12 cm (5 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: light orange, orange, red, cream, gray, and brown slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware