Description This bottle shows the fearsome face of a deity associated with kingship and human sacrifice. He sports a forehead ornament and a mouth mask with horizontal flaps. Actual examples of this jewelry, made of gold, have been found in graves. The Nasca alloyed gold with reddish copper to increase its strength and flexibility. Here the potter shows different parts of the figure using a range of red slips—diluted clay containing various minerals that turn different colors when fired. The Nasca developed at least five colors for their pottery based on red, including pink and orange.
Provenance Purchased by John G. Bourne (from unnamed dealer in New York); given to Walters Art Museum, 2013.
Credit Gift of John G. Bourne, 2013
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