An extraordinarily and expressive wooden Moche III seated bound prisoner. Uniquely
made from a piece of the Aphandra (mastodon palm) tree into a human Calero (lime
container). His facial features are exaggerated and remarkable. Almond shaped eyes,
made of shell with purple spondylus pupils. Large nose, ears and pointed head. Curled
copper wired whiskers are also attached to his face and nacre (mother of pearl) applied
all around the neckline. Unclothed and hands bound by rope behind his back. Head
is removable which exposes the attached copper spatula and hollowed out lower body.
The fearsome Moche captured their enemy and humiliated them by removing their clothes,
parading them prior to sacrifice. The removal of his head could symbolize the tribute
of taking a trophy head.
An outstanding piece of art history in wood rarely seen in an exceptional state of
preservation and subject matter.
Size: 4"/10.16cm Unmounted - 6.25"/15.87cm Mounted
Condition: Near Choice. Natural wood separation on back. Pupil re-attached and expected
copper oxidation under head where spatula is attached.
Mochica III 200-300AD.
Provenance: Ex Alexander Acevedo Gallery, NYC