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7B: A Moche Stirrup Vessel of a Fortress on 3 Levels

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Pre-Columbian, Mochica 1, North Coast Peru, ca. 100 BCE 100 CE. Terracotta vessel depicting a fortress on three levels. Lower Level having two jaguars sitting in "Presentation Position," on front wall of fortress in high relief; side walls depicting a barracuda type of ferocious game fish, rear wall depicts a giant manta. Second Level features two Warriors guarding the front steps to the Castle, while side walls have rows of game fish painted cream on red background; Third Level shows a courtyard enclosure with a Lord / Ruler holding court and a person pleading his/her case. A very rare scene of great art historical purpose! 7"H x 8"W.

Provenance: Ex-prominent Hollywood, CA collection, ex-L. Kalina Collection.

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Spout reattached plus minor pigment wear, else excellent.

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Estimate $12,000 – $15,000
Starting Bid $8,000

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