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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