Pre-Columbian Moche Terracotta Seated Prisoner

Pre-Columbian Moche Terracotta Seated Prisoner


Description: Moche Terracotta Seated Prisoner. ca. 400-600 AD. This exceptionally large Moche seated prisoner is seen seated with his hands tied behind his back. He has a downward gaze that portents his sacrifice to the gods. Light brown terracotta with light black body tattoos seen on the face, and an open ended top. This piece may be a portrait of an actual individual that was taken prisoner alive in battle, which was the Moche custom. The portrait is very realistic and expressive. This piece is very large for the type and is repaired from three large fragments. Ex Steve Berger Collection. Ex Arte Textile, San Francisco, CA. Ex Gerhard Hirsch, Auction 241, September 2005, lot 219. H. 14 3/4" (37.4 cm). aq15955
Medium: Ceramic
Date: ca. 400-600 AD
Provenance: Ex Arte Textile, San Francisco, CA. Ex Gerhard Hirsch, Auction 241, September 2005, lot 219.
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