34.8 x 40.8 cm (13 11/16 x 16 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: red and black on yellow-orange slip paint
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Large basin painted with a depiction of a sacrificial rite involving warriors and battle captives. The four sets of figures include two sets of two warriors facing each other, all holding a shield and spear. A bound and bleeding captive sits on the ground between the two groups of warriors. A third set of figures includes a nude male figure whose body is painted with horizontal stripes and who has undergone penis perforation sacrifice. He faces a warrior holding a shield and spear. Set on the ground between these two figures is a large dish holding a decapitated human head. The fourth set of figures comprises two musicians, one playing a long flute and a maraca, the other playing a long flute and small drum held under his arm (see 1988.1233 for an example of this type of drum). They are flanked by a bound and bleeding captive and a bound human leg. A band of "kan" crosses encircles the basin below the red rim band.