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Rare Moche Copper Seated Warrior w/ Shield and Club

Lot 0126D
Pre-Columbian, Peru, Moche II, ca. 300 to 400 CE. A rare mold-made copper figure, a kneeling warrior with red shell inlays for earrings and a shield boss. The figure wears a conical hat and holds a club. The kneeling warrior was an important motif for the Moche during this early part of the Moche period and this figure, made to be buried in a tomb, tells us that the glorification of war and warriors were essential parts of Moche culture. Size: 1.95" L x 2.75" W (5 cm x 7 cm)

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Slight bending to form, especially on the base. Losses along the neck. Mottled brown and green patina. Form is still strong.

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Rare Moche Copper Seated Warrior w/ Shield and Club

Estimate $800 - $1,200Dec 6, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA