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Authentic Pre-Columbian Moche Stirrup Vessel ca. 400-700CE (AD) with Avian decorations w/ COA and Provenance Striking Detail (see photos)

Regular price $554.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $554.00 USD
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Elegant Authentic Pre-Columbian Artifact from the Northern Coast of Peru. Artifact highlights Avian and wave décor scenes on both sides of stirrup-jar. This vessel from the Moche (Mochica) Culture dates from phase IV (Late Intermediate Period) circa 400-700 CE. Vessel in reddish-tan and highly-burnished pottery vessel with a flat base, a spherical body with a rounded shoulder, an arching, stirrup-shaped handle, and a cylindrical spout. The cream-slipped body is adorned with a pair of abstract avian creatures with elongated necks, sinuous crests, and bulbous beaks, one of which is adorned with brown stippled teeth. The creatures and handle bases are separated with thick swaths of red pigment, with bands of faded brown pigment forming a register of spirals and steps around the midsection, and a pair of stylized frogs adorn the curved handle shoulders. Size: 5.625" W x 8.2" H (14.3 cm x 20.8 cm).

Size: 8 5/8 inches (21.9 cm) in Height by 5 1/4 inches (13.33 cm) Wide

Artifact shows all appropriate patina and aging and nice mineral deposits for a piece this age. Small chip to rim. Minor loss to bottom of body, with light fading to original pigmentation, and light encrustations. Light earthen deposits and nice traces of original pigmentation throughout.

Provenance: Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from very well respected gallery that deals in Antiquities where it was purchased. Further: private California collection.

Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction houses-Guaranteed Authentic

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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.