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.
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.