**Originally Listed At $1000**
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche, ca. 100 to 700 CE. A gorgeous rattle comprised of 8 hollow spheres, made from an openwork sheet of molded copper which is folded in half to form a semicircular instrument. Centered atop either side is an anthropomorphic face with a wide head band; his body, with wing-like arms spread wide, forms the rest of the half-circle aside from the border of bells. The figure in the openwork sections is surrounded by animals and plants and depicts Ai Apec, the chief deity of the Moche (Mochica) culture. He is often surrounded by fish, cacti, and snakes. He bears the identifying marks of the god, with feline fangs extending from his mouth, ovoid eyes, and a large headdress. Ai Apec is associated with the protection of the food supply of the Moche people. Rattles bearing his face perhaps held shamanic and healing powers in this ancient culture. Size: 4.8" W x 2.75" H (12.2 cm x 7 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hans Juergen Westermann collection, Germany
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