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Moche Bi-Chrome Stirrup Vessel, Seated Woman w/ TL

$995.00
Pre-Columbian, Peru (North Coast), Moche Culture, middle of the period, ca. 400 to 600 CE. An iconographically fantastic example of one of the classic forms of pre-Columbian pottery - the Moche stirrup vessel, this example in the form of a seated woman's body cradling a child with a curved handle and tall, thin spout to create a ceremonial drinking vessel. Maternal figures are not unknown from the Moche culture, but they are rare (as are figures of women generally). The class of artisans and potters in Moche urban centers created this vessel for a member of the elite. It was placed in that person's tomb as a grave offering to demonstrate wealth as he or she began his or her journey into the afterlife. Size: 4.8" W x 6.8" H (12.2 cm x 17.3 cm)

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Condition: Head and one hand have been expertly repaired and restored, with overpainting along repair lines.

Provenance: private Madrone collection, Hawaii, USA

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