Moche Coca Vessel
A Pre-Columbian Moche vessel depicting a coca ceremony. On one side, there are four seated men holding the traditional gourd lime containers and administrating lime to extract the coca from the leaf. On the other side, there is a figure with hands clasped holding a coca leaf bag and surrounded by bats, dark balls, and the Bicephalus Arc (double-headed serpent), which symbolize psychic flight and the praying for rain.
Peru, Moche III, 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.
Rollout drawing in Moche Archive, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Washington, D.C., no. 157.
Formerly in a South American collection and exhibited at the British Consulate in Punta Del Este, Uruguay; subsequently sold to a US collector and remained in the US for ten years.