Stirrup Spout Vessel with Warriors
11 x 5 x 5 in. (27.9 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
Medium and Support:
Terracotta with cream and red slip
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard N. Schilling in memory of Lucy Eisenhart
Location: Currently on view
The arts of the Moche, who flourished on the northern desert coast of Peru, evolved from earlier styles in the region. Known to have been weavers, metalworkers, mural painters and builders of large-scale monuments, only their ceramics remain as a testament to their achievements. Stirrup spout vessels – so named because the shape of the spout recalls the stirrup on a horseman's saddle - were designed for the storage and libation of liquids. The unique handle design inhibited both evaporation and spillage as it allowed the vessel to be carried on a belt or sash. This vessel depicts two animated warriors in full regalia; each wears a half-moon nose ornament as a sign of rank and power.
[Gallery label text, 2009]