Moche Double Owl Stirrup-Vase
A Pre-Columbian Moche stirrup spouted vessel in the form of a pair of owls, the surface of burnished ochre, the faces of the birds and the spout in cream colored glaze.
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.
Formerly in a Connecticut private collection.