Stirrup-spouted portrait bottle
Sitrrup-spouted portrait vessels are among the most striking remnants of the Moche culture. This particularly striking example of portrait vessel depicts a wide-faced man with the typically broad Meso American nose, wearing gold-plug ear-plugs and a cap with gold pendants hanging on his forehead.
Despite the particularity of native central American Indian features,
the jar is most likely not a likeness of a particular individual. The ornamentation of the head on the pot represents the status of the person in whose tomb it was placed. Warrior-lords, priests, and sacrificial victims seem to have been the dominant images on such portrait vessels. It is an indication of the importance of ritual in Moche culture.
Artform: Decorative Arts: CERAMICS, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Mochica (or, Moche) Culture
Artist Dates: 200 BC-AD 700
Country/Culture: Ancient Americas: Peru
Medium: painted clay
Size: overall: 29.2 x 17.8 cm
Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
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