Moche Art of Peru Photos

The Moche civilization (c100-800) lived in what is now northern-western Peru. Also called the Mochica or early Chimu culture, these natives created a wide range of fanciful ornaments and ceramics, many with a stirrup handle.

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Moche earthenware kneeling warrior from Peru at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Moche earthenware portrait vessel of fanged deity from Peru at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Moche earthenware stirrup-spouted vessel with scene of sacrifice from Peru at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottles from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Moche earthenware kneeling warrior (400 BCE- 550 CE) from Peru at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Moche earthenware portrait vessel of fanged deity (400 BCE- 550 CE) from Peru at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Moche earthenware stirrup-spouted vessel with scene of sacrifice (1st-8th C) from Peru at de Young Museum. San Francisco, CA.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottles (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Moche ceramic portrait vessels from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic portrait vessel from Peru at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Moche pottery vessel representing royal messenger from Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Ceramic stirrup-handle portrait vessel from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Moche ceramic portrait vessels (100 BCE-500 AD) from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic portrait vessel (100-800) from Peru at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Moche pottery vessel representing royal messenger (100 BCE-500) from Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Ceramic stirrup-handle portrait vessel (100 BCE-600 AD) from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Moche ceramic warrior vessel from Peru at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Moche stirrup-spout earthenware portrait bottle from North Coast of Peru at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Moche earthenware portrait bottle from North Coast of Peru at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with fangs, snake ears & feline headdress from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Moche ceramic warrior vessel (100-800) from Peru at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Moche stirrup-spout earthenware portrait bottle (300-600) from North Coast of Peru at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Moche earthenware portrait bottle (300-600 AD) from North Coast of Peru at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with fangs, snake ears & feline headdress (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with bird headdress from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face painted rather than sculpted from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face being held by arms by supernatural bird from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Moche pottery vessel representing deer impersonator from Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face with bird headdress (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face painted rather than sculpted (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Moche ceramic stirrup-spout bottle figure of Wrinkle Face being held by arms by supernatural bird (100-800) from Peru at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Moche pottery vessel representing deer impersonator (100 BCE-500) from Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Moche pottery vessel representing prisoner with avian captors from Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic vessel in form of fisherman in reed boat from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic vessel in form of seal impersonator playing a drum from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic vessel in form of owl impersonator from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Moche pottery vessel representing prisoner with avian captors (100 BCE-500) from Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic vessel in form of fisherman in reed boat (100 BCE-500 AD) from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic vessel in form of seal impersonator playing a drum (100 BCE-500 AD) from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Moche ceramic vessel in form of owl impersonator (100 BCE-500 AD) from North Coast, Peru at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Moche terracotta stirrup vessel in form of frog from North Coast of Peru at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Moche terracotta stirrup vessel in form of llama from North Coast of Peru at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Moche falcon stirrup earthenware vessel from North Coast of Peru at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Moche terracotta stirrup vessel in form of water fowl from North Coast of Peru at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.
Moche terracotta stirrup vessel in form of frog (100-200) from North Coast of Peru at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Moche terracotta stirrup vessel in form of llama (100-200) from North Coast of Peru at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.Moche falcon stirrup earthenware vessel (100-300) from North Coast of Peru at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Moche terracotta stirrup vessel in form of water fowl (100-200) from North Coast of Peru at New Orleans Museum of Art. New Orleans, LA.
Moche stirrup-spout vessel of fanged god with figure eight ears from Peru at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Mochika ceramics from Peru in Incan Museum, Cusco. Peru.Mochika ceramic jug with face in Incan Museum, Cusco. Peru.Moche bottle with crab in Gold Museum, Lima. Peru.
Moche stirrup-spout vessel of fanged god with figure eight ears from Peru at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Mochika ceramics (100 BCE) from Peru in Incan Museum, Cusco. Peru.Mochika ceramic jug with face (100 BCE) in Incan Museum, Cusco. Peru.Moche bottle with crab (100-800) in Gold Museum, Lima. Peru.
Moche bottle with face in Gold Museum in Lima. Peru.Moche pottery of people in Museum of Anthropology & Archeology, Lima. Peru.Moche gold & inlaid earflares, Peru at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Gold & copper alloy mask from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Moche bottle with face (100-800) in Gold Museum in Lima. Peru.Moche pottery of people in Museum of Anthropology & Archeology, Lima. Peru.Moche gold & inlaid earflares, Peru (3rd-7th C) at Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY.Gold & copper alloy mask (100 BCE-600 AD) from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Gold & copper feline head from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Copper mask from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Gold frontal ornament from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Gold nose ring from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Gold & copper feline head (100 BCE-600 AD) from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Copper mask (100 BCE-600 AD) from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Gold frontal ornament (100 BCE-600 AD) from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.Gold nose ring (100 BCE-600 AD) from Mochica Culture, Peru at Barbier Mueller Precolumbian Art Museum. Barcelona, Spain.
Collection of Mochica vessels from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mochica culture earthenware vessel in shape of parrot from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mochica culture earthenware vessel copulating rats from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mochica culture earthenware portrait vessel & pair of earspools from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.
Collection of Mochica vessels (c100-600) from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mochica culture earthenware vessel in shape of parrot (c100 BCE) from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mochica culture earthenware vessel copulating rats (c500) from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Mochica culture earthenware portrait vessel (c600) & pair of earspools (c300) from Northern Peru at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.

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