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Lot 0051
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Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, late Moche to early Sican / Lambayeque, ca. 800 to 900 CE. An amusing, hand-built blackware pottery cup with a rounded base, gradually-tapering walls, a deep interior cavity, and a thin rim. Central to the body is a relief depiction of the Moche god of the underworld, Ai Apec. The deity sports bulbous eyes, a prominent, upturned nose, ovoid ears, deep facial wrinkles, and a wide mouth displaying several fangs and a drooping tongue. His broad brow line depicts an abstract W-shaped groove. A very expressive example! Size: 5" H (12.7 cm).

Provenance: private Andrade collection, New York, New York, USA, acquired in the 1960s; ex-Knoedler & Company, New York, New York, USA

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Expected age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions, fading to coloration, minor area of loss to base, with small chips to face and rim, otherwise very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.

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Moche Sican Pottery Blackware Cup - Ai Apec

Estimate $400 - $600Mar 26, 2018