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Moche IV Pair Male Female

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Moche IV Pair Male Female
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A pair of Moche phase IV Man & Woman, polychrome stirrup vessels. Early intermediate. Ca. A.D. 500 - 700. Acquired by descent pre 1970. Each 9.5 inches tall. Man in squatting position, having caped black headband adorned with two prominent reddish cream lined spools. Very elaborate facial paint of geometric design. Eyes defined. Poncho or shirt striped ending around mid arm. Arms are crossed, hands in relief, left hand without thumb. Knees and feet in relief. Geometrically designed bag hanging over left back shoulder . What appears to be the female of the pair is also in squatting position, adorned with a black caped headdress lacking spools and having center cleft in front. Face designed with red except for rectangles and spots on each cheek. Bag hanging behind left shoulder. Very similar, probably from same mold, differentiated only by headdress, spools and paint motif. Both figures lack thumb of left hand. Excellent condition with very small chip under left foot of male.

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