Ancient Precolumbian Moche Mochica Prisoner Pottery Vessel Peru Ex St Louis Col

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Seller: bengalfatcat86 ✉️ (794) 100%, Location: Lee's Summit, Missouri, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 295079646930 ANCIENT PRECOLUMBIAN MOCHE MOCHICA PRISONER POTTERY VESSEL PERU EX ST LOUIS COL. Title: VesselClassification: Ceramic-SculptureArtist: Moche, Pre-ColumbianOrigin: Peru / South America Date: ca. 200-600 ADOrigin place: North Coast Peru, South AmericaMedium: Ceramic-slipDescription: Figural vessel of hollow molded form, depicting a seated prisoner with rope around the neck and bound hands, wearing a geometrically patterned headdress in cream and red pigmentHeight: 26.6cm (10.5in)Curatorial Remarks: Natural wear commensurate with agePROVENANCE: from the distinguished collection of a Washington University professor - identity will be provided to the winning bidder*Documentation on file and can accompany the artwork for historical conservation purposes The Moche (also known as the Mochicas) flourished on the north Peruvian coastal desert between 200-850 AD, in valleys irrigated by rivers stretching from the Andes mountains to the Pacific coast. According to Helene Bernier, they were "innovators on many political, ideological, and artistic levels. They developed a powerful elite and specialized craft production and instituted labor tribute payments. They elaborated new technologies in metallurgy, pottery, and textile production, and finally, they created an elaborate ideological system and a complex religious iconography" (Bernier, 2009). The Moche were highly skilled artists know for their distinguished style and beautifully decorated ceramics. Moche vessels depicting captives are frequently portrayed without their clothing and objects of prestige. Christopher Donnan notes they were "stripped of their clothing and other power attributes, such as weapons, headdresses, and ear spools, as a sign of their defeat" (Donnan and McClelland, 1999). Donnan further explains that “once captured, some or all of the opponent’s clothing was removed, a rope was placed around his neck, and his hands were sometimes tied behind his back. The victor then held the rope tied to the prisoner’s neck and marched him off the field of battle (…) Following arraignment, there was a ceremony in which the prisoners were sacrificed. Their throats were cut, and their blood was consumed in tall goblets” (Donnan 1997).Cf. Stirrup-spout Bottle: Captive with Two Figures (Object No. 1989.W.108), Moche, 400–600 CE, The Nora and John Wise Collection, Bequest of Nora Wise, The Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, Sculptural Pitcher Representing a Naked Prisoner (Accession No. ML013440), Mochica, Intermediate Period (200 BC - 600 AD), North Coast Peru, The Larco Museum, Lima, Peru and Vessel, Moche, 100 AD - 800 AD, North Coast Peru, 2014 Exhibition at the National Museum (Museo de la Nación), San Borja, Peru for comparable examples. *WE WILL SHIP WORLDWIDE*If you are outside the USA, please contact us for a more accurate shipping quote BEFORE BIDDING. Thank you. Original/Reproduction: Original, Material: Ceramic, Maker: Moche

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