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Moche stirrup-spout bottle

Moche stirrup-spout bottle
AD 400–700
Chimbote, Ancash, Peru
Clay, paint
35 x 16 cm

The painting on this stirrup-spout vessel represents a procession of ritual runners in the form of humanized animals, including a warrior with the face, wings, and tail of a bird, perhaps a hawk. The warrior figure is wearing the typical Moche warrior’s skirt, belted at the waist. Warriors are often associated with hawks in Moche art.

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