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Nazca Vessel in the Form of a Squatting Figure - PF.1329
Origin: South Coast of Peru
Circa: 1 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high
Catalogue: V7
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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With bold lines and rich colors, Nazca craftsmen recreated the world around them in pottery. This fascinating vessel depicts a squatting man who holds a fox or wolf on his back with a cord. How are we to interpret this scene? Is he some fur trapper who has brought a pelt to market? A mountebank daredevil who lifts wild beasts to amaze the crowd? Or is he a figure from myth, a Peruvian Hercules who wrestles with the supernatural forces of nature? As we turn the vessel round and round, staring first at the human face and then at the animal, a thousand possibilities occur to us. The answer has faded into time, leaving only this powerful image to intrigue us. - (PF.1329)

 

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