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Cylindrical vessel with flying shaman and ritually severed heads

Photo: Paul Macapia

Cylindrical vessel with flying shaman and ritually severed heads

ca. 100-700

Pictorial ceramics and textiles might depict shamans and symbols associated with shamanic rituals. The intricate decoration on this beaker features a typical shamanistic face with emanations and pointed protrusions that nearly obscure the flying figure and its parts.
Ceramic with polychrome slip
6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm)
Diam.: 3 3/4 in.
Gift of an anonymous donor
2006.122
Photo: Paul Macapia
location
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum

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