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Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. A lovely pottery cup modeled in the form of a human trophy head with details painted in a rich color palette of crimson, topaz, and jet. Its expressive countenance is comprised of a relief nose, a pair of wide-open eyes, arching eyebrows, and a petite mouth displaying zigzag-patterned teeth. The cup has a round but stable base, smooth and highly-burnished walls, a deep interior cavity, and a thin rim. A fantastic example! Size: 3.875" H (9.8 cm).

Provenance: private Andrade collection, New York, New York, USA acquired in the 1960s; ex-Knoedler & Company, New York, New York, USA

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Expected age-commensurate surface wear, one small pressure fissure along rim and one on base, fading to pigmentation, and small nicks to base and body, otherwise intact and very good. Light putty and old inventory sticker adhesive residue on base.

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Nazca Pottery Polychrome Skull Cup

Estimate $500 - $750Mar 1, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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