Nazca Ceramic Bowl in the form of a Puma Head Wearing a Mouth Mask(9 views)
Description: This large and colorful bowl is decorated with a feline face wearing a mouth mask with flaring whiskers. The nose, ears and chin are subtly raised. The forehead is decorated with a succession of chevron stripes and the back of the vessel is decorated with two series of semi-circular motifs floating on a band of warm dark brown. The shape of the vessel is globular and the color scheme is maroon, sienna, cream, tan and black. Trophy heads are represented with the most frequency on these vessels. With the exception of foxes, animal portrait masks are seldom represented on this type of vessel. Ceramic vessels with similar masked iconography are featured in "Nasca Geheimnisvolle Zeichen im Alten Peru," Museum Reitberg Zurich, 1999 (exhibition catalog).
Condition Report: Good with multiple cracks restored and inpainted
Dimensions: Height 6 1/2" x Diameter 6 1/2"
Date: Peru, Nasca, South Coast, c. AD 400 - 800