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Effigy Vessel of a Seated Figure with Long Tunic
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Effigy Vessel of a Seated Figure with Long Tunic


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Description In the Andes, the shape of the head itself could signal a person's social status or ethnic identity. This figure, probably a woman, has an artificially shaped head. Many Nasca people molded their heads to create a shape that is elongated and flattened across the forehead. Mothers tied boards behind babies’ heads, shaping their still-pliant skulls to create a lasting marker of status.
Exhibitions
  • Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2018.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's, New York, November 22 1993, lot 22; purchased by a private collection, November 22 1993; given to Walters Art Museum, 2009.
Credit Anonymous gift, 2009

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Period
1-650 CE (Early Intermediate)
Medium
earthenware with paint
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.2831
Measurements
H: 6 x W: 4 1/2 in. (15.24 x 11.43 cm)
Geographies
  • Peru (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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