Moche Copper Figure
A Pre-Columbian Moche copper figure made up of five solid cast pieces, the head with large nose and almond shaped eyes. The figure was used as a mold over which gold or copper foil was hammered into form.
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.
cf.: S. Bourge & K. Jones, eds., The Art and Archaeology of the Moche, (Austin, 2008), pp. 114 -128.
Formerly in a New York private collection.