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Stirrup vessel: mountain with two warriors, c. 500 AD

Peru, Moche

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Rudolf Leopold, Vienna, Austria H: 8.7 inch 500 EUR
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fired clay / ceramic, painted creamy white and orange-red, handwritten collection no. "6301029"

The Andes, rising close to the coast and continuing toward the Amazon Basin, were a constant presence for the Moche people and were considered sacred to them. They were earth's contact with the sky, and they housed caves, which were thought of as entrances to the underworld. Mountains were therefore a frequent motif in Moche art.

Berrin, Kathleen (ed.), The spirit of ancient Peru, San Francisco 1998, p. 118, ill. 52
This object is subject to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Protection Act. Export documents are required for export (subjected to a fee)