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.
Between the early 1940s and late 1950s, probably acquired in Peru by Bernhard Kummel (b. 1919 - d. 1980), Cambridge, MA [see note]; late 1950s, sold by Bernhard Kummel to an anonymous collection; 2001, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2001)
NOTE: The Boston Globe reported ("South America's Rainy Jungle Less Dangerous than Harvard Square," November 17, 1957) on the time Dr. Kummel, a Harvard professor of geology, spent in Peru. He and his wife are pictured holding Peruvian vessels from their collection.