San Jose De Moro Ceramics in the Lima Art Museum

You’re excavating under the hot, Peruvian sun. Digging in the dirt, you hit something with your trowel. Further careful brushing reveals first a pottery handle, then the rest of a ceramic vessel, covered with detailed painted decoration. You’ve just uncovered of a piece of ancient Peruvian history: a fine-line ceramic pot of ancient Moche civilization.

 The Moche, a civilization that flourished from the first to eighth centuries in northern Peru, were renowned for their skills in ceramic making. They made bottles in shapes that are at times macabre (a prisoner to a skeletal couple with a child) and at times erotic, as well as in the  “stirrup-sprout” shape.

Moche ceramic in shape of skeletal couple with child. Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1967 (1978.412.196). http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.196

Moche ceramic in "stirrup-sprout" shape. Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1961 (1978.412.70). http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.70

It is this ancient tradition and skill that Julio Ibarrola and his skilled team of artisans replicate at San Jose de Moro, Peru, an archaeological site of the ancient Moche. These artisans have gone through extensive training at the artisan and tourist center, built by the local residents of the community with a SPI grant. The permanent jobs created by the construction of the artisan and tourist center have generated thousands of dollars in artisan sales for local residents.

The talent of Julio Ibarrola and his team continues to impress. These exquisite ceramics have sold out wherever they’ve been shown and we’re proud to say that they are now offered at the gift shop at the Lima Art Museum (Museo de Arte de Lima)!

The Lima Art Museum Gift Shop

Replica Moche Ceramics created by San Jose De Moro artisans.


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5 thoughts on “San Jose De Moro Ceramics in the Lima Art Museum

  1. buon giorno,
    I miei migliori complimenti per questo articolo, veramente bello!

    Io amo molto i vasi moche fineline, e io ho visto che ci sono persone che fanno copie uguali agli originali

    Dove posso io comprare queste perfette repliche??

    grazie e ancora complimenti

    elena

  2. good morning,
    My best compliments for this article, really nice!

    I really like the pots moche fineline, and I saw that there are people who make identical copies of the originals

    Where can I buy these perfect replicas?

    thanks and again congratulations

    elena

    • Hi Elena!

      Thank you so much for the message. Right now, you can buy them at the tourist center at San Jose de Moro, Peru or in the Lima Art Museum.

      I hope you can make it to one of those places!

      Thanks again for your interest,
      SPI

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