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Portrait Vessel

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Description Moche ceramics are famous within the Americas for having many vessels in the shape of heads which seem to be portraits of actual individuals – some have identifying scars or facial features. While the face of this man is more general and idealized, with his wide eyes and strong mouth, it likely depicts an actual ruler from the Moche culture.
Provenance [Dr. Ernest Lira, Houston and Denver (?), or Dr. Peter Almendariz, Denver (?), or M. Brenner, Geneva (?)]; Paul Shepard, Tucson, Arizona [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Private collection, 1988, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Anonymous gift, 2009

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AD 50-800 (Early Intermediate-Middle Horizon)
Earthenware with white and red slips
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H: 8 1/4 x W: 6 1/2 x D: 5 1/2 in. (20.96 x 16.51 x 13.97 cm)
  • Peru (Place of Origin)
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