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Moche Portrait Head Stirrup Vessel - PF.1362
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 200 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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Moche portrait vessels depict the aristocracy of ancient Peru. With originals modeled from life, the vessels were then pressed into molds, sometimes over a period of years. Buried in tombs they served as marks of respect from the individuals they portrayed. This fascinating portrait shows a man with proud, determined features. Lines of age have been incised on his face, as if updating an earlier image. Though not young, he possesses a remarkable vigor that reaches out across the centuries. We do not doubt for a moment that in his own world he enjoyed the privileges of power. - (PF.1362)


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