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Moche Terracotta Stirrup Vessel - Woman Giving Birth

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Moche IV, ca. 550 to 650 CE. A striking, mold-made stirrup vessel in the form of a woman on her stomach, with her knees raised, and a child's head emerging from between her legs. She wears a tunic and covering over her head which is decorated with lunate motifs. This may relate to Si, the moon goddess, and one of the two chief deities of the Moche pantheon. One hand is raised to her mouth as if she is gasping with exasperation or pain. Size: 7.45" W x 7.7" H (18.9 cm x 19.6 cm)

Condition: Small losses from top of spout, but otherwise in excellent condition, with nicely preserved pigment and manganese deposits on surface.

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

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