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Sculptural ceramic ceremonial vessel that represents Ai Apaec, mythological hero of the Moche in a praying attitude ML003119

Moche style1 AD - 800 AD

Museo Larco

Museo Larco
Lima, Peru

The Moche hero Ai Apaec (so named by Rafael Larco, meaning "the maker” in Muchik language) is modeled in this sculptural ceramic bottle. Ai Apaec is a Moche personage characterized by wearing a belt and ear ornaments with snake heads, fangs in his face, and a headdress that varies according to the context in which he is located as part of his quest, since he travels through different worlds performing his heroic deeds. In this case, he wears a headdress comprised by two tufts in the form of the ulluchu fruit and a head of an owl. In his back he exhibits a feline skin, an ornament he also uses in the rituals of consumption and offering of coca leaves. Both coca leaves and the fruits of ulluchu (Guarea sp.) used by the Moche in their ceremonies, come from the east of the Andes, the humid and rainy region. In scenes painted on the ceramic vessels, which represent the rainbow, rain and consumption rituals, Ai Apaec is depicted in the same attitude of prayer as in this sculptural bottle. (UH)

En esta botella escultórica de cerámica se representa al héroe mitológico Mochica Ai Apaec (así llamado por Rafael Larco, término que en lengua Muchik significa “el hacedor”) caracterizado por llevar orejeras de serpientes, colmillos en el rostro, y un tocado que varía de acuerdo al contexto en el cual se encuentre como parte de su gesta, ya que él viaja por los diferentes mundos realizando sus hazañas heroicas. En este caso, lleva un tocado compuesto por dos penachos en forma del fruto del ulluchu y una cabeza de Búho. En la parte posterior de su atuendo lleva un adorno en forma de piel de felino, que también usa en los rituales de consumo y ofrenda de hojas de coca. Tanto las hojas de coca y los frutos del ulluchu utilizados por los Mochicas en sus ceremonias, procedían de la región oriental de los Andes, región húmeda y lluviosa. En escenas pintadas en la cerámica, donde se representan arco iris, lluvia y consumos rituales, a Ai Apaec se le observa con las manos juntas en la misma actitud de orante que en esta botella escultórica.(UH)

Details

  • Title: Sculptural ceramic ceremonial vessel that represents Ai Apaec, mythological hero of the Moche in a praying attitude ML003119
  • Creator: Moche style
  • Date Created: 1 AD - 800 AD
  • Location Created: Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru, Peru
  • Título de la obra en español: Botella escultórica de cerámica que representa a héroe mitológico Ai Apaec en actitud de orante ML003119
  • Style: Mochica
  • Place Part Of: Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: w134 x h252 x d216 mm (Complete object)
  • More Info: Collection Database Entry - Museo Larco - Museo Larco
  • Type: Sculptural Ceramic Ceremonial Vessel
  • Rights: Museo Larco, Museo Larco
  • External Link: Museo Larco
  • Medium: Cerámica

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