Pre-Columbian Art and Antiquities by Arte Xibalba
Moche III Sick Person

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Moche III Sick Person

A superb Moche III "Sick Person" vessel from Peru, ca. 200 - 450 AD. It's 9-1/2" high. The individual depicted is probably female, contorted with pain and appears to have lost the lips and much of the nose, most likely due to leichmaniasis, a flesh-eating bacterial disease still afflicting Peruvians. The layered clothing is presented in detail. In excellent condition, with white kaolin laid over the burnished red slip. A superb example.

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