Moche Stirrup Vessel


Moche Stirrup Vessel

A Pre-Columbian Moche vessel in the shape of a seated male figure. He wears a headdress in the form of an animal with its head projecting from the front.

Peru, north coast.
Ca. 200-500 AD.
Height: 7 7/8 in. (20 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. Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 63.226.11.

Formerly in an American private collection.

Inv#: 7207


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