Moche Stirrup Vessel
A Pre-Columbian Moche cubical stirrup spouted cream colored vessel with a jaguar headed figure holding a severed head in each of the four recessed relief panels.
Peru, north coast.
Moche civilization was centered in northern Peru where it flourished from 100 to 800 AD. Moche society was agricultural, with a great deal of effort expended on impressive irrigation works and massive public architecture. The Moche are particularly noted for their achievements in art, especially their elaborately painted ceramics, which depicted a wide variety of motifs and scenes from daily life with great skill.
Formerly in an American private collection.