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Sculptural ceramic ceremonial vessel that represents Ai Apaec, mythological hero of the Moche transformed in a chili plant and holding a chili plant and a peanut plant ML003286

Moche style1 AD - 800 AD

Museo Larco

Museo Larco
Lima, Peru

A mythological episode of the heroic saga of Ai Apaec is represented in this sculptural ceramic bottle. Ai Apaec (so named by Rafael Larco, meaning "the maker” in Muchik language) is the Moche mythological personage characterized by 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. Ai Apaec returns from his trip to the underworld, manifesting in the form of plants associated with the solar and external world. In this bottle Ai Apaec´s body presents chili pepper plants (Capsicum sp.), and he carries in his hands chili-peppers and peanut plants (Arachis hypogaea). (UH)

En esta botella escultórica de cerámica se representa un episodio del ciclo mitológico del héroe Mochica “Ai Apaec” (así llamado por Rafael Larco, término que en lengua Muchik significa “el hacedor”) caracterizado por llevar cinturón y 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. Ai Apaec regresa de su viaje por el mundo de abajo, de los muertos, manifestándose en forma de plantas asociadas con el mundo exterior, diurno y solar. En esta botella se puede ver a Ai Apaec con crecimientos de plantas de ají (Capsicum sp.), y llevando en las manos frutos del ají, y plantas de maní (Arachis hypogaea).

Details

  • Title: Sculptural ceramic ceremonial vessel that represents Ai Apaec, mythological hero of the Moche transformed in a chili plant and holding a chili plant and a peanut plant ML003286
  • 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 convertido en planta de ají (Capsicum sp.)y sujetando planta de ají y planta de maní ML003286
  • Style: Mochica
  • Place Part Of: Peru
  • Physical Dimensions: w133 x h245 x d165 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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