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MOCHE IV MOUNTAIN SACRIFICE VESSEL. Ca.400 - 550 A.D. 8.5 inches tall, 8 inches front to back with a width of 5 inches. Acquired by present owner by descent pre 1970. Of cream and shades of chocolate. Very elaborate depiction of a site of sacrifice. The center peak has a sacrificial victim draped face down over peak with hair flowing downward on front of mountain and legs and feet hanging down the back. Between each adjacent peak are two warriors who perform the sacrifices. Below the peak are skeletons representing previous sacrifices. Marching around the circumference are more warriors with one holding the tail of a fox. On each outside peak in front are cone sea shells, perhaps to use as trumpets to announce sacrifices. Both sides of vessel on back have large white cactuses. Eleven depictions of live or dead persons. All human figures are in relief except the skeleton figures. Very explicit and elaborate scene. This example is in very excellent condition. Marvelous piece for any collection or museum.