Pre-Columbian, Peru, Moche III to Moche IV (Classic Period), ca. 450 to 650 CE. A very rare example of a kero (quero/qero) with a rectangular base, made a mixture of copper and silver in the form of a standing lord. A wide, round mouth with an unpronounced rim rises from the center of the figure's body. The lord wears large, round earrings, a serious expression, a fringed tunic, and holds a conical kero in its hands. The kero is a vessel for imbibing chicha (corn-based beer), in religious ceremonies or to be placed in the grave as an offering. Thousands of Moche vessels have been found buried at major ceremonial locations - Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon), Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun), Sipan, and in high status graves throughout the northern coast of Peru. Size: 2.75" W x 5.9" H (7 cm x 15 cm)
Provenance: ex-private Palm Beach, Florida, USA collection
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Slight bending to form, especially near the base. Mottled, interesting patina on surface.