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

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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: c. 200-550
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with colored slips
Dimensions: Overall: 32cm x 18.3cm x 19.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.227
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener
Provenance: (May Company, Cleveland); James and Florence Gruener, Cleveland, 1967
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_.1990.227
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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