Human-figure Drum

Human-figure Drum

100 B.C.-A.D. 200
Culture
Proto-Nasca
Locale
Peru, south coast
Country
Peru
drum
Earthenware with colored slips
Funds from the Marion Hendrie estate
1972.189
. Human-figure Drum. 100 B.C.-A.D. 200. Earthenware with colored slips. Funds from the Marion Hendrie estate. 1972.189.
Dimensions
height: 16.75 in, 42.5450 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Human-figure Drum
Proto-Nasca
About 100 B.C.–A.D. 200
Peru, south coast
Earthenware with colored slips
Funds from the Marion Hendrie Estate, 1972.189

Early Nasca decorative ceramics have incised design outlines filled in with colored slips applied before firing. The colors are limited: black, brown, tan, and cream. Forms include bottles modeled as birds, animals, fruits, and human beings. Ceramic drums are quite rare. An animal skin was stretched over the large mouth of the vessel, which would have been played in an inverted position. This drum’s simply modeled chamber portrays a masked ceremonialist wearing a headcloth with embroidered borders, and carrying a small baton and a wand with dangling elements. Later Nasca decorated pottery has painted rather than incised outlines and a much wider range of slip colors.

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