353: A Moche I Stirrup Vessel of Tortured Male
Peru, ca. 200 A.D. Polychrome pottery vessel Dressed in striped tunic with off-white pantaloons, this poor soul was deformed to show the rest of the village what might happen if your behavior was not to the liking of the leader of the clan. For starters, his feet were cut off just above the ankles, leaving the two leg bones extending at the base of his stumps. Next, his face was carved with deep geometric designs. Finally, his nose and upper lip were removed. It's a safe bet this was not a captive from battle as they were ultimately killed after the fun and games were through. This guy was left in this pitiful state as a warning to others - don't mess around with "The Man!" 8"H.
Provenance: Ex-private TN Collection.
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