A Superb Moche , Pre Columbian Peruvian Pottery Vessel in the form of a portrait head with wide open mouth
A Superb Moche , Pre Columbian Peruvian Pottery Vessel in the form of a portrait head with wide open mouth

A Superb Moche , Pre Columbian Peruvian Pottery Vessel in the form of a portrait head with wide open mouth

400 to 800 Pre Columbian

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A Superb Moche , Pre Columbian Peruvian Pottery Vessel in the form of a portrait head with wide open mouth . Baked clay painted in light and dark brown slip ( two small holes to reverse )
Late Moche Culture - Circa 400 – 800 A.D

Size : 30.5 cm long – 12 ins long
Provenance : Ex Jonathan Mankowitz collection

The Moche culture of the Pervuvian northern coast reached a highpoint in the depiction of the human countenance in its portrait vessels which are characterised by an accurate grasp of reality and superb individualization .
The skilful shaping of the face and especially the eyes achieves a lifelike depiction of the terror of a prisoner , or the pride of a prince , or the fatigue and exhaustion of a worker . The 'mochica gaze' is always evident and is the main factor of the expressive power of these ancient vessels .
Dimensions
Height 30.50 cm (12.01 inches)
Medium
Baked clay painted in light and dark brown slip
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