Nazca Shaman Bowl

 

Nazca Shaman Bowl

A Pre-Columbian Nazca bowl painted with an image of a warrior with an exaggeratedly large head. He holds a decapitated head in his hand and wears a headdress bean pods.

Southern Peru.
Ca. 500-800 AD.
Diameter: 5 3/8 in. (13.5 cm.)

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 the Estate of Paul Goodman, Houston, Texas, acquired before 1990.

Inv#: 6294

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