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Moche Blackware Stirrup Vessel - Battle of Deities

$995.00
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche III, ca. 300 to 600 CE. Way before action hero and adventure movies, some of the best rivalries were depicted on Moche pottery. This monochrome stirrup vessel was mold-made and impressed with two panels that depict a pair of fighting deities who are dramatically engaged in combat. On the left is Ai Apaec (with his jaguar/tumi headdress, wild feline fangs, and serpent belt); on the right is another deity with an equally-fierce headdress and a fish-form body, holding a tumi in his left hand and holding one arm of the other deity in his right. A striking example of fine Moche pottery! Size: 5.25" W x 8.25" H (13.3 cm x 21 cm).

Condition: Stirrup handle repaired from several pieces with small losses and light adhesive residue along break lines. Small chips to spout, handle, body, and base, with minor abrasions across most surfaces. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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