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    Description

    Portrait Vessel
    Moche
    A.D. 250 - 500
    Ceramic, white slip
    Height 9 3/4 in. Width 10 1/4 in.

    This portrait vessel exemplifies the best qualities of mature Moche ceramic development, in which mold-made components are combined and given individual finishing refinements that result in a lively entity. This assertive-looking individual, whose portrait occurs on other vessels, is wearing a headdress made from an entire feline pelt, as indicated by the spotted encircling band and the simplified tail and leg-like appendages on the back of the head. The animal's expression and exaggeratedly large flared claws produce an aggressive look. Large circular ear ornaments complete the accoutrements of this large-sized portrait. Condition is very good.

    Provenance
    David Bernstein, New York



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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