Intersections

The Moche: Painting History

The Moche peoples of ancient Peru (100–800 c.e.) portrayed complex scenes on fineline painted vessels, depicting everything from hunting and fishing to the ritual battles of supernaturals. These were rendered with such a high degree of realism that researchers have been able to establish correlations between the painted scenes and the actual environment in which Moche artists lived. Even when stylized, clothing, ornaments, and implements represented in the paintings are remarkably accurate depictions of equivalent objects that have been recovered from archaeological excavations. Since the Moche did not leave a writing system, these ceramic works are critical to reconstructing Moche civilization.

  • X86.3807 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Stirrup spout bottle
    Moche style
    North coast, Peru
    100-800 C.E.
    Ceramic
    L: 14.0 cm, H: 23.0 cm, D: 13.5 cm (L: 5.5 in, H: 9.1 in, D: 5.3 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr. X86.3807

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  • X86.3854 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Stirrup spout bottle
    Moche style
    North coast, Peru
    100-800 C.E.
    W: 14.5 cm, H: 20.2 cm, D: 14.0 cm (W: 5.7 in, H: 7.9 in, D: 5.5 in)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr. X86.3854

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  • X86.3934 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Stirrup spout bottle
    Moche style
    North coast, Peru
    100-800 C.E.
    W: 16.0 cm, H: 30.2 cm, D: 16.0 cm (W: 6.3 in, H: 11.9 in, D: 6.3 in)
    Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas Jr. X86.3934

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  • X88.800 Stirrup spout bottle

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    Object Name: Stirrup spout bottle

    Artist: Unknown

    Culture: Moche

    Place of Origin: Peru, north coast

    Date/Era: 100 – 800 C.E.

    Medium/Materials: Ceramic

    Dimensions: H: 26.6 cm, W: 15.0 cm, D: 14.6 cm (H: 10.5 in, W: 5.9 in, D: 5.7 in)

    Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.

    Accession Number: X88.800

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