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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Moche
Title:Portrait head vessel
Date Made:200-500 CE
Type:Container; Ceramic
Materials:Earthenware; with polychrome pigments
Place Made:South America; Peru; Moche Valley
Measurements:Overall: 7 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 18.4 cm x 18.4 cm x 16.5 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2009.14.1
Credit Line:Gift of Sarah A. Nunneley (Class of 1963)
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Description:
Ceramic portrait head vessel. Skin is colored a dark brown; head cloth is a cream. Mouth of vessel is a wide circle at the top of the man's head. he wears ear ornaments and has a scar about his right lip.

Label Text:
Moche portrait head vessels seem to portray individual members of society, rather than a generic category of person as defined by class or occupation like the West Mexican effigies on display nearby. This face with its distinctivescarred upper lip appears on some 40 other vessels, likely representing the same Moche elite from his youth through his adulthood.

Keywords/Tags:
ancient; archaeology; men; portraits; adornment

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