Peru, North Coast, Moche style (50-800) / Portrait Head Vessel / 200-550Peru, North Coast, Moche style (50-800)
Portrait Head Vessel

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Moche
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, North Coast, Moche style (50-800)
Title: Portrait Head Vessel
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 550
Creation Date: 200-550
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with colored slips
Dimensions: Overall: 30.6cm x 23cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1930.627
Credit Line: Gift of Guerdon S. Holden
Provenance: (El Salon de Arte El Inca, Lima, Peru)
Style or Period: Peru, North Coast, Moche style (50-800)

The Moche were unique in the Andes for creating realistic human portraits, usually in the form of head-shaped vessels. The heads' identities are unclear though we assume that many represent elites, including rulers. The large vessel, however, may be an important person of another kind-a captive who, like some prisoner figures, has double earrings and a hank of hair over the forehead.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1930.627
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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