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Moche Stirrup Vessel - PF.1857
Origin: Peru
Circa: 200 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 5" (12.7cm) wide x 7.5" (19.1cm) depth
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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Description
This magnificent vessel depicts a creature that seems half-human, half-owl. The separation of the two parts appears deliberately vague, as if to suggest that this is a spiritual portrait rather than a mere costumed image. In ancient Peru, warriors affiliated themselves with clans or societies named for fierce or swift animals. The owl was famed as a predator and for its ability to see in the dark. As in western society, it was associated with wisdom, as well as with medicine and death. This owl-man possesses an alert and regal dignity; he is clearly an individual of rank and importance. From such glues as this, we catch a fascinating glimpse of a vanished world. - (PF.1857)

 

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