Pair of Nazca Trophy Head Vessels
A pair of Pre-Columbian Nazca polychrome pottery vessels in the form of decapitated trophy heads. The eyes are closed, the lips are pierced shut with pairs of huarango thorns. The cheeks are smeared with blood.
The Nazca culture thrived on the southern coast of what is now Peru. Artistically the Nazcas are distinguished by their bold abstract designs in both ceramics and textiles. Their pottery was of fine thin walled design and was painted in as many as thirteen different colors depicting an array of naturalistic and mythological motifs.
Formerly in a New York private collection.