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Artist:   Moche  
Title:   Vessel  
Date:   5th-6th century  
Medium:   Ceramic, pigment  
Dimensions:   8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Moche artists created portrait vessels that captured the likeness of high-ranking members of society. This powerful figure sports a sumptuous headdress, ear spools, tunic, and bracelets. He is an example of how high ranking Moche men would have dressed, and demonstrates how appearance communicated power. His elevated status is reinforced in his imposing stance, broad shoulders, and fixed gaze. Tombs for wealthy and powerful Moche elites often contained large quantities of ceramic vessels, metalwork, and other luxury goods, securing their prestige into the afterlife.

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Pot in the form of a warrior in full regalia. Painted details on costume and face.  
Creation Place:   South America, Peru, Central Andes region, ,  
Accession #:   44.3.43  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts