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South American ➔ Pot, Moche

Reddish clay pot in the shape of a human head, with narrow spout on top and single, large handle. White finish on hair and other areas.;Identified by Virginia Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, University of Illinois--Chicago; tel: 312.413.2467.;The militaristic Moche culture, named after its capital city, existed on the northern coast of Peru between about 200-700 AD. Although its society was dominated by warriors and warfare, the culture represents one of the great pre-Columbian art traditions of the Americas. Moche craftspeople were especially proficient in ceramics, and portrayed both human and animal effigies realistically in their distinctive white and red wares; other vessels were decorated with scenes of religious, military, and every-day life. They also surpassed previous South American cultures in metalwork, and used gold, silver, copper, and other metals to form myth-based and geometric designs. The tombs of Moche elite were often decorated with both pottery and metalwork.
200 – 700
Painted, Clay
6.65" h 3.8" w 4.6" d
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Gift Of Steel, Thomas A.
Related Entities:
Moche (creator) Thomas A. Steel (donor)