Moche Cutthroat - Ceramic Sculpture

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Holding a head in one hand and a sacrificial knife in the other, this sculpture of a Moche cutthroat replicates this culture's amazing artistry. The cutthroat was an important character who not only sacrificed prisoners, he also "delivered" a person to the gods when in need of rain or other favors. The Moche people lived in northern Peru around 100-800 A.D., and they were renowned for their ceramic excellence, which usually represented divine creators, humans, animals, and other significant scenes. Ceramic sculptures were usually placed as sacred offerings in the tombs of important Moche people.

Inspired by this important legacy, Walter Jose Acosta crafts this ceramic replica by hand, faithfully replicating Moche stylizations.