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Moche Portrait Head Vessel - K.030
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 200 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 12.25" (31.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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More than just the image of a Moche aristocrat, this vessel offers a glimpse into the soul of a vanished culture. Vases such as this reflect the attitudes, the attributes, and the beliefs of the proud people who inhabited Ancient Peru. Echoing the features of warriors, nobles, priests and kings, these portrait vessels are a powerful record of their time. The large earrings and facial markings of this individual tell us of his high rank; he is most likely one of the priest kings who governed Moche life. In his proud, serene, haughty face, we see a man used to the privileges of power. - (K.030)


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