Moche Bronze Mace Head
A Pre-Columbian Moche bronze mace head with four columns of three heads, alternating between long nosed faces with almond eyes, and grimacing faces with short noses.
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.
A similar example is illustrated in P. C. Muro, Cobre del Antiguo Peru,(Lima, 1998), p. 436, pl. 128.
Formerly in the collection of John Wise (d. 1981).