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Large Pre-Columbian Moche Culture Stirrup vessel w Snakes!

Large Pre-Columbian Moche Culture Stirrup vessel w Snakes!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1406592
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High quality and very large Stirrup vessel, Pre-Columbian Peru, Moche Culture, fase II or III, 100-400 AD.

A skilled and artfully painted vessel, with the motif done in red line on a cream ground. The motif includes two large coiled snakes and several types (at least three) of insects!

Moche culture skilled ceramists produced a great variety of exquisitely decorated vessels. The decoration is sometimes painted on the smooth surface of vessels, like on this specimen; other times it is tridimensional, forming the vessel shape itself. Nearly all decorated vessels are slip-painted and bichrome, with red decoration on a white/cream background. While painted motifs are generally simple on three-dimensional vessels, two-dimensional decoration sometimes takes the shape of finely painted, highly complex narrative scenes, like on this fine vessel.

Size: Approx 26 cm. tall and very substantial in hand.

Condition: Choice! Nearly superb, but for a minimal chip-reapir to edge of the base, not visible.