Moche "Andean Water Carrier"

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Seated for a brief rest, a hooded man carries an aribalo or drinking vessel on his back. Walter Jose Acosta faithfully portrays the water carrier who served pre-Hispanic communities in the Andes. This signed ceramic image is a museum replica.

Born in the Huambo province in the Amazon region of Peru, Acosta attended the School of Fine Arts as a teenager.  There he learned about design and techniques for creating Pre-Columbian replicas. 

"The message Walter Jose Acosta want his art to convey is that “our ancestors crafted beautiful and complex pieces with only their hands as tools, without the kind of technology we have nowadays. Through their work, they expressed all that they saw and wondered about from their environment, their thoughts, and beliefs. Clay was their medium. I feel that Peruvian ceramic art is a way to communicate with our ancestors and to keep them alive for the coming generations.”

The ceramics of Pre-Columbian Peru are featured in the exhibition A Beautiful Dichotomy; Contrasting Pre-Columbian Peruvian Ceramics.

 For decorative use only.

2.0 lbs.

9.5" H x 4.7" W x 7.75" D


Signed by the artist

Museum replica(s)

Handcrafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly

Made in Peru.

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