Lord Ai Aepec - Unique Archaeological Ceramic Sculpture
Lord Ai Aepec appears standing on an orb with clasped hands looking toward the heavens. He has feline fangs and he is flanked by snakes. The orb is adorned with a mollusk and vessel as symbols of the food and water provided by this Moche deity. Walter Jose Acosta crafts an extraordinary huaco sculpture as he masters ceramic techniques to create the illusion of an aged piece. Through his art Acosta honors ancient beliefs in which Ai Aepec is deemed the lord creator and protector of the Moche people, provider of food and water, as well as of military triumphs. He was greatly revered as well as feared, for it was believed that this blood-thirsty god demanded the sacrifice of young warriors.
- 0.6 lbs
- 6.5" H x 3" W x 4.5" D
- Museum replica
- Made in Peru, ships from US
"I'm from the Huambo province in the Amazon region of Peru, and I lived in this beautiful place with my parents until I was 15 years old, when I finished middle school. I went to Lima and did odd jobs here and there for a few years, until I was admitted to the School of Fine Arts.
"I took my first steps into the world of arts and crafts when I was 16 years old, when I worked at a workshop. I observed the work the ceramists did and let me tell you I was enthralled with it all! I learned all that I could about design and techniques for crafting these replicas. Believe it or not, some archeologists have been fooled by my work! That's because of the aging process I use with my pieces.
"I think this art form is the most beautiful thing in the world and I'm grateful to our ancestors for creating such beautiful and unique designs, which I am honored to replicate with exactitude.
"My family is my motivation to persevere in this art form, as well as to get ahead in this difficult life. Then, something else that motivates me is discovering millenary techniques and be able to make a living from them.
"The message I want my art to convey is that our ancestors crafted beautiful and complex pieces with only their hands as tools, without the kind of technology we have nowadays. Through their work they expressed all that they saw and wondered about from their environment, their thoughts, and beliefs. Clay was their medium. I feel that Peruvian ceramic art is a way to communicate with our ancestors and to keep them alive for the coming generations.
"I have exhibited my work in Peru's renowned Universidad Católica, as well as in museums.
"I would like to assure customers that I am 100% devoted to my work so that you'll receive a ceramic piece with a great design and of excellent quality. Above all I would like to thank you for appreciating and for valuing the work of true artisans – it pushes me into finding ways to improve my work, which I craft with so much love."