Sculptural bottle. Early Nasca. Ceramic. 59,9 x 49,7 cm (INC-MNAAHP, C-54220).

Mythical Being of the Crops

The figure depicted on this vessel wears a frontal diadem, nose ring, ear discs and serpent necklace. In its hands it carries a sacrificial knife and a severed head with the mouth sewn shut with cactus needles. The chilies, yucca, corncob, cactus stalks transformed into serpents, and severed head all link this figure to agriculture. A similar figure appears embroidered onto the funerary mantle so-called “of the staircases”, displayed in this exhibition.