Lot 78A: Moche Blackware Portrait Head Rattle
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche culture, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A fine blackware ceremonial pottery rattle in the form of a chalice, depicting the head of a stoic Mochica male, his naturalistic yet dramatic visage comprised of large wide-open, almond-shaped eyes, slightly downturned mouth, prominent ears, and incised wrinkles and/or scarifications on a flared base that contains rattles with a perforated bottom. Size: 5.25" W x 6" H (13.3 cm x 15.2 cm)
Provenance: Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art
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Condition Report: Minor chips to rim and base and a few abrasions to face as shown. Otherwise intact and a very good example.