Seller: galleryofthegreatestthings (1.089) 100%, Location: Hillsboro, New Mexico, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 152713938552 Material: Pottery, Details: This superb ceramic vessel is a Moche Phase111 (roughly 400 - 600 A.D.) depicting a death's head. The lifeless, sunken eyes, extruded teeth with receded gums, and hairless head depict a deceased offering or prisoner, or perhaps a mummified body exposed from the wrappings. Whichever the interpretation, this is an excellent artifact from the Moche of Northwestern Peru showing how obsessed they were with death and human sacrifice. The clay is covered by a pale yellow flesh-colored slip which shows wear in places... most likely from ceremonial useage...and the eyes and mouth are tinted red. There is very minor chipping on the edge of the rim and the clay shows ample evidence of root markings and bioerosion from being in the ground for centuries. This is an authentic, unrestored Pre-Columbian ceramic from Peru and was obtained in the US from another collector prior to the implementation of international agreements designed to protect Peru's ancient cultural resources. It will not appeal to many...but it is a form I call "good grotesque" and is a true show stopper...You will either love it or hate it...I don't think there is a middle ground for this one.