Sculptural bottle. Early Nasca. Ceramic. 45,5 x 31,8 cm (INC-MNAAHP, C-13448).

Mythical anthropomorphic being

The figure represented on this vessel is one of the most important deities of the Nasca culture. It wears a diadem, nose ring and circular ear ornaments, and carries a severed human head with the mouth sewn shut with cactus needles in one hand and a mace or scepter in the other. Two snakes with spiked bodies spill from the mouth of this figure.