Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phase 3)
Object Place: Perú, South Coast
20.4 x 15.5 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: red, orange, beige, white, gray, brown and black slip paint
Not On View
Bridge-handled, double-spout bottle with rounded base, and embellished with the image of the “Trophy-head Taster” supernatural but portrayed in human form with bird wings and tail. His body is embellished with four trophy heads and a fifth one hangs from the being’s mouth. He wears a feline whisker nose ornament typical of Nasca body adornment. This version of the “Trophy Head Taster” has the feline ears and rounded crest of the Serpentine Creature associated with agriculture and fertility.
Barely visible on bottom: "C" and "100" in black.
Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.