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Moche Bi-Chrome Ai Apec Crab Vessel

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Moche Bi-Chrome Ai Apec Crab Vessel

I love this piece! Moche culture, north-coastal Peru, Ca 300 to 500 AD. Large and very expressive storage jar decorated with the most fabulous portrait of Ai Apec I believe we have ever seen! Ai Apec is the Moche god of the underworld and takes many forms. In this example he has taken the form of a crab, but the face almost takes on that of an abstract sun. Fangs and nose done in full relief, red spout and reverse left in off-white reserve. Large and gorgeous!

Provenance: Ex Bill Freeman collection Santa Fe, NM.

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