Moche Vessel And Cupisnique Analysis

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Seeing as both cultures are constantly being associated with one another I decided to compare the Cupisnique vessel with a vessel from the Moche civilization, which existed from approximately 100 to 800 C.E. (Module 5.4.). The Moche vessel that was introduced in this course was from The Fowler Museum located at UCLA. The ceramic vessels from the Moche civilization were said to portray warriors, rulers, and gods. Moche vessels were also buried with their owners to accompany them in the afterlife. This Moche artifact in particular stands around 10.7 inches tall. When first glancing at both the Cupisnique vessel and the Moche vessel there are very distinct features between the two. The most evident being the artistic style of both vessels. The Moche vessel is very realistic in its depiction of the human face, while the Cupisnique vessel is extremely abstract. Yet, as previously mentioned, the abstract style of the Cupisnique vessel is most likely due to the focus of the piece which is another difference between the two artifacts. The Cupisnique vessel is depicting a transformation of the mind, while the Moche Vessel is simple a portrait of a warrior or ruler. Lastly, the different time periods is a possible explanation for smaller differences between the two artifacts. The Moche vessel, which was probably created a thousand…show more content…
Both artifacts from the Cupisnique and Moche are in the form of a stirrup spout vessel, which was a very common vessel shape among Pre-Columbian cultures of South America. The main form of the two artifacts are also very similar given that both only portray the facials structure of the human body. And aside from being made out of the same medium of ceramic, the two artifacts are also known for having some ceremonial function. The Cupisnique portrays a spiritual transformation, while the Moche created pieces meant primarily for the

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