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Authentic Pre-Columbian Moche 'Battle Scene' Pottery Stirrup ca. 500-700CE (AD) with COA and Provenance Striking Detail (see photos)

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Authentic Pre-Columbian Artifact from the Northern Coast of Peru. Artifact highlights moving battle scenes on both sides of stirrup-jar. This vessel from the Moche (Mochica) Culture dates from phase IV (Late Intermediate Period) circa 500-700 CE. Shown in relief, one warrior grabs the head of another while holding a mace in the other hand; the other warrior is tilted back as if about to be defeated, grasping his opponent's hand. In opposite hand his long pointed spear or dagger is about to piece the side of his adversary. Vessel in reddish-tan with areas of cream and black pigment. Artifact shows all appropriate patina and aging and nice mineral deposits for a piece this age. Size: 8 5/8 inches (21.9 cm) in Height by 5 1/4 inches (13.33 cm) Wide Condition: Expertly repaired and restored; notably the handle and the spout have been reattached with the break lines restored. Nice mineral deposits on surface with some wear to the original pigment. Provenance: Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from very well respected gallery that deals in Antiquities where it was purchased. Further: ex-private T. Misenhimer collection, Beverly Hills, California, USA, collected from the 1970's to 2008. Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. Free domestic shipping! Returns & exchanges Refunds and Exchanges We accept returns within 30 days of the purchase of the item. However, the buyer is responsible for shipping the item back to us and that cost will not be refunded. We will refund your money for the item as soon as we receive the item back. Please send the item back to us with tracking or insured. Moche ceramics (from Met Museum): Moche decorated vessels were mold-made and, despite their diversity, reveal standardized shapes and decoration. Nine basic shapes are reported in the literature. Stirrup-spout bottles (1992.60.9) and flaring bowls (63.226.5) are the privileged supports on which artists expressed figurative, complex painted scenes. Other shapes are neck and neckless jars (1983.546.6), dippers (64.228.15), bowls, neck bowls, cups, and crucibles. Moche ceramic art represents an infinite variety of subjects. Common zoomorphic figures include camelids, deer, felines, foxes, rodents, monkeys, bats, sea lions, as well as a wide array of birds, fish, shells, arachnids, and reptiles. These animals are represented realistically, hybridized, or anthropomorphized (82.1.29). Corn, squash, tubers, and beans are common among a great diversity of plants. Among human and anthropomorphic figures, rulers, warriors, prisoners, priests, healers, and fanged deities are recognizable, as well as deformed and skeletal individuals (1978.412.196). Historical individuals are also represented in realistic, three-dimensional portrait vessels (64.228.21). While animals are often anthropomorphized or hybridized, humans often have supernatural attributes (1978.412.70). All these figures are either represented alone or interacting in a variety of actions in diverse narrative scenes. Although the possibilities of creating different scenes from all existing Moche figures are almost limitless, major trends can be recognized in narrative art and representations are limited to a small number of recurring and interrelated themes. For example, deer and seal hunts (1978.412.69), sacrifice ceremonies, warriors in battle or moving in processions (67.167.1), and messengers running in line (67.167.3) are common themes in Moche ceramic art.