Bowl with Trophy Heads

c. AD 100–650

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Nasca is one of the two major cultures and ceramic styles of its periods, and one of the finest ceramic styles ever produced in the South American Andes. Vessel walls are thin, firing temperatures higher than in earlier times, and a variety of warm, earthen-toned slips come into use. This small bowl features repetitions of human trophy heads—a major Nasca motif that refers both to war and fertility.

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  • Title: Bowl with Trophy Heads
  • Date Created: c. AD 100–650
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 10.2 x 10.2 cm (4 x 4 in.)
  • Provenance: Estate of Barry Bradley, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2009.435
  • Medium: ceramic, slip
  • Fun Fact: Two important themes in Nasca art are war and fertility.
  • Department: Art of the Americas
  • Culture: Peru, Nasca, Early Intermediate Period
  • Credit Line: Gift of Barry Bradley
  • Collection: AA - Andes
  • Accession Number: 2009.435

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