Peruvian Human Head Vessel

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Peruvian Human Head Vessel

Pottery vessel in form of man's head made in red fabric with a cream slip(watery coloured clay). The clay was burnished before firing to give a polished surface.It was made to contain liquid and originally had a stirrup-shaped handle. The man is wearing large earrings. He may have been a priest or a warrior. It probably cam from a grave as many examples have come from burial sites.
The vessel was made by the Moche, between about 100 to 600AD. They lived on an arid coastal plain next to the Pacific Ocean in what is now northern Peru. Much of the evidence for their culture comes from their highly developed ceramics as there is now written evidence for their way of life.

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