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.
- 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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