Pre-Columbian Moche portrait head stirrup vase

M111

£430.00

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A striking moulded pottery stirrup vase shaped as a male head with strong features and wearing disc-shaped earrings.

Culture
South America, Pre-Columbian, North coast of Peru, Moche (Mochica) culture, c. 500-800 AD

Size
18.1 x 15 cms

Condition
Stirrup-shaped handle lost with two associated holes on the forehead and back of head (the latter having been filled by a mid 20thC restorer), there are some cracks around these holes. There is also a hole under the base which appears to have been made intentionally. The surface is largely worn but retains some original burnish under the chin.

Provenance
Ex. private collection, Chiswick, London, UK; acquired mid to late 20th Century.

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