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Moche Portrait Bowl Vessel

Moche Portrait Bowl Vessel

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1189331

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Moche Polychrome Portrait Bowl Vessel, Ca 500 - 700 A.D. 7.5 inches/19cm tall. Ex New Jersey collection bequeathed 1967. Cream on red with black accents. Very prominent facial features with full headdress. Headdress incised to demarcate wrappings. Prominently protruding, striated feather or comb extends from within headdress on right side. Large disc ear ornaments with outer edge of rims decorated with repeating continuous small spheres. Nicely defined nose with septum perforated/pierced so as to accept nose ornament. Black paint applied to face in geometric patterns and as facial hair, probably added post firing and then heated to cause burn in. A quid of coca leaves is evident in the right cheek by the bulge slightly rearward of the mouth. A wonderful example. Save a negligible, almost unnoticeable ding in the headdress the piece is in fabulous condition.