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.