Description Fishermen in the ancient Americas wore distinctive headgear—a turban with a pointed knot at the front, as seen here. The style of this headgear seems to have been functional: similar to a fish’s fin, the protuberance at the front helped fishermen to dive and swim through the water more swiftly and with greater ease. This fisherman’s catch of a tasty fish, held in his right hand, attests to the gear’s benefits. In the arid Nasca Desert of southern Peru, fish and other marine life from the nearby Pacific Ocean were essential food sources, and those who fished them from the Pacific were respected in Nasca society.
Provenance Dr. Uldarico Rocca, Lima, Peru [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Dr. Ernst Niedermeyer, Baltimore, July 1978, by gift; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Gift of Dr. Ernst Niedermeyer, 2009
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