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Gorgeous Authentic Nazca bowl with TL test (200-500 CE)- Trophy Heads- with COA- Southern Coast Peru Mythological Serpentine Creatures

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Stunning Authentic (comes with TL test) bowl Artifact circa (200-500 AD) from the Nazca Culture of South Coast of Peru. Artifact come with Certificate of Authenticity from well respected gallery that deals in antiquities. This Pre-Columbian polychrome bowl vessel highlights 22 trophy heads along with 2 mythical anthropomorphic serpentine creature. These serpentine figures appear in Nazca artifacts as well as ruins- The Nazca visualized these nature spirits in the form of mythical beings, creatures having a combination of human and animal/bird/fish characteristics, and painted them onto their pottery. A remarkable pottery "trophy head" vessel featuring a bulbous body that tapers to a brief neck and a flared, annular rim above a deep interior cavity, all sitting upon a round yet stable base. The body of the vessel displays a stylized human face with elongated, diamond-shaped eyes beneath double-striated brows, a narrow, projecting nose, prominent nasolabial folds, and a petite, smiling mouth. Framed by a black coiffure, the ancient visage is elaborately decorated with depictions of mythical beings beneath each eye and a complex headdress comprised of 3 main registers, each lined bearing abstract motifs, likely representing proliferous elements or crops. Size: 4.25" in diameter x 5.5" H (10.8 cm x 14.3 cm)

In the Nazca culture and other ancient Peruvian cultures, the decapitation and ritual use of human heads was common practice. Various pieces of pottery and painted art depicting mythical figures and kings holding trophy heads or in the presence of trophy heads have been unearthed at Nazca archaeological sites. This vessel, showing an unassociated trophy head with no one holding it, is a style of depiction common only to Nazca art. Archaeological evidence from the 20th century shows that these stylized paintings are based on real rituals - over one hundred mummified trophy heads have been found from Nazca excavations, almost all with a puncture to the front of the skull for suspension.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Gallery (COA) that deals almost exclusively in Antiquities- further: ex-Stein collection, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, acquired prior to 2010; ex-Haig's of Rochester, Rochester, Michigan, USA

Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic

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