Double-spouted bottle

Nasca
Early Intermediate Period (Nasca Phase 3)
A.D. 200–350


Object Place: Perú, South Coast

Dimensions

20.4 x 15.5 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2001.146

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: red, orange, beige, white, gray, brown and black slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

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.

Markings

Barely visible on bottom: "C" and "100" in black.

Provenance

Private collection, Massachusetts, by the late 1950s; to MFA, March 2001, anonymous gift.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift