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Moche Stirrup Vessel - PF.1869
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 200 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 8.5" (21.6cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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A strong moral tone runs through Moche art, reflecting the darker realities of life and death. This powerful vessel depicts three corpses, a male and two females, seated together in friendly embrace. Though their flesh is decomposing and their bodies are skeletal, their sexual organs are prominently displayed, a macabre menage-a- trois. The implication, as in any 'Memento Mori,' is clearly that death overtakes all sensual pleasures in the end. We recognize in this hypnotic sculpture a Universal, inescapable truth that binds all people together. Its message speaks all boudaries of time and culture. - (PF.1869)


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