TYPE: Banner Figure
DIMENSIONS: Height: 27 ½ inches
COMPONENTS: Composed of six cutout copper plates which would have been sewn onto a cloth banner as a clan or royal emblem. The collar has nine mold-made miniature figures out of a different material, probably ceramic. Mounted to acrylic.
CONDITION: In very good condition, all original parts, reportedly the nose has been restored.
NOTES: Provenance:
Robert & Carolyn Nelson Collection
David Bernstein Fine Art, New York, NY
Inscription Notes: Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmotʃe]; alternatively, the Mochica culture or the Early, Pre- or Proto-Chimú
ITEM ID: 4766

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Moche Banner Figure

Notes: c. 450-700 AD

The Moche civilization flourished in northern Peru with its capital near present-day Moche, Trujillo, Peru from about 100 to 700 AD during the Regional Development Epoch. While this issue is the subject of some debate, many scholars contend that the Moche were not politically organized as a monolithic empire or state. Rather, they were likely a group of autonomous polities that shared a common culture, as seen in the rich iconography and monumental architecture that survives today.

Moche pottery is some of the most varied in the world. The use of mold technology is evident. This would have enabled the mass production of certain forms. But Moche ceramics vary widely in shape and theme, with most important social activities documented in pottery, including war, metalwork, weaving and sex.

Traditional north coast Peruvian ceramic art uses a limited palette, relying primarily on red and white; fineline painting, fully modeled clay, veristic figures, and stirrup spouts. Moche ceramics created between 150–800 CE epitomize this style. Moche pots have been found not just at major north coast archaeological sites, such as Huaca de la luna, Huaca del sol, and Sipan, but also at small villages and unrecorded burial sites as well.