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Moche I Bi-chrome Stirrup Vessel, 2 Fruits / Vegetables

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche I, ca. 400 BCE to 100 CE. A beautiful stirrup spout ceramic vessel of a smooth surface depicting a pair of phytomorphic forms - fruits or vegetables - beautifully delineated in red over cream slip. Plant life was a great source of inspiration for the Mochica. You will find examples of vessels representing squashes, corn, beans, gourds, and more. Until recently, most believed these vessels to be funerary wares. However, some argue that they were created for domestic purposes, feasts, rituals, or other ceremonial uses. The research continues and fortunately we have pieces such as this example to serve as a window upon the ancient world. Size: 5.75" W x 6.125" H (14.6 cm x 15.6 cm)

Condition: Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Minor nicks to rim of spout. Spout has been reattached at juncture with the stirrup. Old inventory label and stain from label on underside. Otherwise excellent.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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