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Salinar Culture Head Effigy Vessel - K.023
Origin: Peru (North Coast)
Circa: 500 BC to 200 BC
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Salinar
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Who is the plump-cheeked individual portrayed on this early Peruvian vase? Is he a god of the wind, set to release his drafty breath upon the world? Are his wide-staring eyes and serpent- painted cheeks meant to frighten away spirits and demons from the bottle's contents? Very possibly, he represents a Peruvian warrior chewing coca leaves, perhaps in preparation for battle. The stimulant coca was commonly used in Ancient Peru as an antidote to the high altitudes, and as a source of energy. A harmonious symphony of curves, this bottle is a masterpiece of the potter's art. As with any important artifact, it offers revealing information about the culture that created it. - (K.023)

 

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