Moche Stirrup Vessel
A Pre-Columbian Moche cubical stirrup spouted cream colored vessel with a jaguar headed figure holding a severed head in each of the four recessed relief panels.
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 an American private collection.