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Pre-Columbian, Peru, South Coast, Nazca, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. A polychrome globular bottle with double spouts connected by a flat bridge handle, presenting a mesmerizing iconographic program around the circumference featuring the so-called Serpentine Creature with wide open round eyes and a feline mouth and mask, wearing ornamental danglers and a head ornament, tasting a trophy head whose hair is in his grip. Set perpendicularly to his visage is a snakeskin patterned body with trophy heads at the ends. On the backside is another visage with human limbs and a colorful zigzag patterned ornament flanked by serpent like creatures. The complex iconography and format of the design makes this vessel quite intriguing. All is painted in a stunning palette of rich red, orange, cream, grey, black, and white hues. Size: 7.75" W x 9.75" H (19.7 cm x 24.8 cm)

The Nazca replaced post-firing resin painting with pre-firing slip painting making for a great deal of experimentation to learn which slips produced certain colors. Note the painstaking technique required to adorn this vessel with its intricate figural imagery in such a wide range of hues!

Provenance: ex-Dino Falliers collection, Denver, Colorado, USA

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#128998

Condition

Lower section repaired from three to five large pieces with possible repainting over the break lines. Normal surface wear with paint loss as shown. Old inventory label on base.

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$1,500.00

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Large Nazca Globular Jar - Serpentine Creature

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