AD 100–650 (thermoluminescence date, 410–1010)
Ceramic and slip
Overall: 28.8 x 16 x 17 cm (11 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Weight: 680 g (1.5 lbs.)
Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2012.116
This figure holds a human head, which the Nasca viewed as a source of great power.
The style is typically Nasca: modeling is minimal and the surface is decorated with the vibrant, earth-colored slips that are a hallmark of Nasca ceramic art. Male figures are a well-known category of Nasca ceramic production, although the shape of this one, which stands upright on two legs and is additionally supported from behind by a long loincloth, is unusual.
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