Moche Stirrup Vessel: Drummer


Moche Stirrup Vessel: Drummer

A Pre-Columbian large Moche stirrup vessel with a man playing a drum, below a scene depicting a chieftain receiving an offering of goods from a warrior.

Peru, north coast.
Ca. 200-500 AD.
Height: 10 in. (25 cm).

Moche civilization was centered in northern Peru where it flourished from 100 to 800 AD. Moche society was agricultural, with a great deal of effort expended on impressive irrigation works and massive public architecture. The Moche are particularly noted for their achievements in art, especially their elaborately painted ceramics which depicted a wide variety of motifs and scenes from daily life with great skill.

cf. for a vessel with a similar drummer: Museum of the Americas, Madrid, inv. no., 11028.

Formerly in the Estate of Paul Goodman, Houston, Texas, acquired before 1990.

Inv#: 6288


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