Moche Pottery Portrait Head

15000. Moche Pottery Portrait Head

North coast, Peru, Ca. 200 to 400 AD.

A striking terracotta stirrup-spout vessel depicting the head of a dignitary with strong facial features; he wears a headband, highlighted in dark brown pigment; the face striped red-brown and brown and with a strong voluminous nose which may have once held an ornament. Spout repaired and reattached, stable crack in front lower portion of spout.

Size 10-1/2" (26.7 cm.)H.

See Christopher Donnan's Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru for this type of iconography. A super example.

Provenience: Ex Collection T.G., Williston FL acq. 2000, from Arte Primivito Gallery, NY. Another old collection label to reverse.


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