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Seated male portrait vessel

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Portrait vessel depicting a man seated on a low bench. He wears the five-tiered, pointed cap with chin strap and 4-tiered back flap typical of warrior garb. His head is tipped to the right, his eyes are closed, and his arms are folded across his chest. Body adornment includes large, circular...

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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 (Moche Phases I-III), about A.D. 100–450

Object Place

North Coast, Peru


22.9 x 10.7 x 13.9 cm (9 x 4 3/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: orange, cream, and light brown slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware