A colorful Nazca bowl dating from approximately AD 500-600 showcases a distinctive red, orange, brown, and tan star design with a central dot transformed into a phytomorphic motif. In Proulx’s “Sourcebook of Nazca Iconography,” on page 167, its interpretation suggests that it symbolizes a bisected San Pedro cactus renowned for its hallucinogenic qualities. The bowl’s interior and exterior walls are solid, bold red/orange. It measures 7.5″/19,05 cm in dia.
Provenance: Ex Carraher collection, Knoxville, TN. It was acquired in the 1970s and displays an inventory label on the bottom.
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