Painted bottle. Early Nasca. Ceramic. 19 x 14,8 cm (INC-MNAAHP C-09904)

Painted orca

The Orca image is frequently found in Early Nasca ceramics, easily recognizable by its fins and large-toothed jaw. Here, the orca displays supernatural features—in one of its “hands” it holds a severed human head by the hair. Similar motifs have been found embroidered onto the borders of many Paracas Necrópolis textiles, reflecting the links that existed between the Paracas and Nasca cultures.