Moche Copper Figure


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.
Ca. 200 - 500 AD.
Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm).

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.

Inv#: 8366


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