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unknown Nasca
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Cumbrous Bowl with Trophy Head Imagery

Late Nasca
400 - 600
Clay

2 3/8 in. x 7 11/16 in. x 7 11/16 in. (6 cm x 19.5 cm x 19.5 cm)
Gift of Ward M. Canaday and Mariam Coffin Canaday, Class of 1906

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 69.1.344
Other Number(s): E.64 (Canaday No.)
Geography: South America, Peru
Classification: Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Bowls
Culture/Nationality: Nasca, Peruvian, South American
Collection: Ward M. Canaday Collection
Caches of decapitated heads with holes through which cords could be attached have been excavated at a number of Nasca sites. Called “trophy heads” by archaeologists, they are prevalent in Nasca art. Although the uses of the heads cannot be known for certain, a common theory suggests that trophy heads were taken as prizes of war—evidenced by imagery that represents warriors carrying such heads—and then used in rituals to promote agricultural fertility. This is supported by imagery that shows the heads with plants sprouting from their mouths or being held by mythological beings.

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