Photo Friday: Portraiture
Day 064 – September 24, 2011
Rather than offer up a portrait of my countenance, let me show you an artifact I saw during my Spanish class outing to Museo Larco, a museum located in Lima that specializes in pre-Columbian art. More information about this wonderful museum can be found here.
My apologies if I do not label this artifact correctly. I believe it comes from the Nasca culture. It is a piece of pottery that was of a traditional design among the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru. It is a vessel to hold liquid and the spout is quite distinctive. Archeologists (I believe…and I could be way off base here) can actually date the time period of a pottery piece based on the design of its spout.
What impressed me more about this particular piece of pottery was its incredible life-like visage.
To me, it almost appears that someone, many centuries ago, sat patiently while the artist sculpted their face into clay.