Moche Stirrup Vessel: Chieftain
A Pre-Columbian Moche black ware stirrup spouted vessel depicting a seated chieftain seated with legs crossed and hands to knees. He appears entranced with shell inlay eyes. He wears a turban, with tong tassels incised down his back, and feather plumes crowning his head. His nose is pierced with a bimetallic nose ornament. His wrists once had a shell inlay bracelet on each hand.
Moche II, North coastal Peru.
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 German private collection.