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Stirrup-spouted, portrait vessel depicting a man missing one eye and with pursed lips. He wears a head wrap embellished with geometric motifs, the wrap extending down the side of his face and around his chin. The vessel was fired at too high a temperature, which caused it to warp, seen...

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Acquired in Peru by Dr. Samuel K. Lothrop between December 1940 and November 1944, probably purchased from a dealer; to the Peabody Museum of Harvard University in 1946; from the Peabody Museum of Harvard University to the MFA in exchange for unregistered material from the excavations at Kerma (Egypt) in 1950. (Accession Date: February 9, 1950)

Credit Line

By exchange with the Peabody Museum, Harvard

Moche, Early Intermediate Period to Middle Horizon, A.D. 400–800

Object Place

North or Central Coast, Perú


23.1 x 10.5 x 10.8 cm (9 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: cream and red-brown slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware