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Portrait Head Vessel

Portrait Head Vessel

c. 200-550

Earthenware with colored slips

Overall: 32 x 18.6 x 19.3 cm (12 5/8 x 7 5/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.227

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The Moche were unique in ancient Peru in creating realistic human portraits, usually in the form of ceramic vessels. In general, such vessels represent more than 750 individuals; identities are unclear but most are elite men, some probably rulers. The stirrup-shaped spout is a hallmark of Moche ceramic production.

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