Here you find a fearsome Pre-columbian Moche vessel from the Moche III to VI period (200 to 400 AD). This Moche ceramic is the representation of death. Such a powerful object transcends all cultural boundaries and touches a chord deep within the human psyche and reminds us that death and the afterlife is still a mystery to mankind. However, to the Mochica, lovers of life, death was not the end. The Moche believed the men continued to live in another area of the world with their own obligations or privileges, which led to burial grounds with supplies and goods. Burials reflected the role and place of each man within his society. This ancient stirrup is in near choice condition with some minor pigment abrasion. Measurements: 8" H
Provenance: Liquidation Sale from Pre-Columbian Treasure Art Gallery; Florida, 2010. Proprietor Catalina Diaz. Previous COA to accompany purchase.
For reference see: Sex, Death, and Sacrifice in Moche Religion and Visual Culture, Steve Bourget. University of Texas Press, 2006.