Description
VASE-PORTRAIT
Mochica Culture, Northern Peru
Intermediate Elder, 100 B.C. - 600 AD
H. 28.5 cm - w. 14 cm
Ceramic with brick-red slip and creamy white paint
Beautiful portrait vase characteristic of mochica ceramics representing a man's head.
Finely modelled face wearing a classical headdress decorated with triangular motifs covering the nape of the neck and the ears. On the top of the skull, there is a bowed handle and a vertical tubular neck.
Broken glued in several places, visible splinters.
Provenance:
- Franco Monti Collection, 1960s-1970s.
Exhibitions/Publications :
- Africa America precolombiana Oceania, 'La Nuova Pesa', Rome,
exhibition from December 22, 1961 to January 13, 1962, described and
photographed under n°81
- Arte Precolombiana, Gallery 'La Palma', Locarno-Quai, Switzerland,
exhibition from May 30 to June 30, 1961, described under n°33
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VASE-PORTRAIT
Mochica Culture, Northern Peru
Intermediate Elder, 100 B.C. - 600 AD
H. 28.5 cm - w. 14 cm
Ceramic with brick-red slip and creamy white paint
Beautiful portrait vase characteristic of mochica ceramics representing a man's head.
Finely modelled face wearing a classical headdress decorated with triangular motifs covering the nape of the neck and the ears. On the top of the skull, there is a bowed handle and a vertical tubular neck.
Broken glued in several places, visible splinters.
Provenance:
- Franco Monti Collection, 1960s-1970s.
Exhibitions/Publications :
- Africa America precolombiana Oceania, 'La Nuova Pesa', Rome,
exhibition from December 22, 1961 to January 13, 1962, described and
photographed under n°81
- Arte Precolombiana, Gallery 'La Palma', Locarno-Quai, Switzerland,
exhibition from May 30 to June 30, 1961, described under n°33