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Stirrup Spout Vessel in the Form of a Seated Figure

Artist Culture
Moche
Period
Early Intermediate period, c.200 BC–AD 600
Date
c.300–550
Material
Ceramic with pigment
Made in
Perú, South America
Classification
Ceramics
Current Location
On View, Gallery 111
Dimensions
9 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (23.8 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of J. Lionberger Davis
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
124:1954
NOTES
The area above the upper lip of this figure contains a distinct mark, likely indicating a birth defect or scar. Similar markings above the lip are documented on over forty-five vessels, suggesting a portrayal of the same individual. The figure wears a headdress composed of a single piece of cloth wrapped around the head and tied at the back with the ends extending down the back of the vessel. The cream-colored tunic is decorated with a composite image of a wave and bird on the chest and triangular motifs at the cuffs.
- c.1949–50
A. Salazar, Lima, Peru

c.1949–50 - 1954
J. Lionberger Davis (1878-1973), St. Louis, MO, USA, purchased from A. Salazar [1]

1954 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by J. Lionberger Davis [2]


Notes:
[1] According to a list of objects given to the museum by J. Lionberger Davis, this object was purchased from "Salazar in Peru in 1949-50." A note found on the accession further identifies it was purchased from "A. Salazar, Lima, Peru" [SLAM document files].

[2] A letter dated December 15, 1954 from Perry T. Rathbone, director of the City Art Museum, to Davis acknowledges the gift of this object as part of a larger donation [Director's Office, Donor Files, Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, December 9, 1954.
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