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.
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 German private collection.