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Ica effigy vessel

Ica effigy vessel
AD 1400s
Nasca Region, Peru
Clay, paint
18 x 13 cm
Exchange with John V. Carter

This wonderfully modeled and painted vessel represents a seated figure of rank with tattoos of what appear to be human faces—possibly women with long hair—on his knees. He wears a red and black belt, a band tied around his shoulders, and a red scarf or band wrapped in and around his hair. He also wears a white headdress and collar—perhaps feathered, perhaps some kind of a textile—with a red pendant hanging down below his jaw. This is an unusual piece, but it portrays an individual of importance.

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