Moche Portrait Head Vessel with a Pierced Nose - PF.2404, Origin: Northern Coast of Peru, Circa: 1 AD to 500 AD, Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Moche, Medium: Terracotta. The ancient Moche civilization of the North Coast of Peru created a distinctive and prolific artistic record of their culture through their pottery. Much of this art gives us an imaginative glimpse into the daily life, ceremonies and mythology of the people who created it. This striking portrait head vessel is an extraordinary example of that artistic expression. Supporting a spotted turban, reminiscent of the skin of a fearsome leopard, his face ornamented with patterned tattoos, this ancient warrior stares at us with wide-open eyes. Thin painted lips hide beneath a striking gold nose ring suspended from the warrior's pointed, tattooed nose. The highly burnished finish on this vessel results in a reflective quality on the surface that appears to emanate from within this spirited individual, radiating forth in an almost mystical fashion. To behold this ancient warrior is to feel his strength, to sense his vitality-- timeless in its ability to spark our imagination and command our attention.
Ancient South America