Llama Vessel

c. 200–550 CE
Overall: 17.8 x 13.2 x 23.1 cm (7 x 5 3/16 x 9 1/8 in.)
Location: 232 Andean
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It is not clear whether the llama's appearance in Moche art is explained by its importance as a sacrificial animal; as a source of meat, fertilizer, and wool; or as the Andes' only burden-bearing beast, as this vessel shows. It also may be important that llamas are natives of the mountains, where seasonal rains charge the fresh-water rivers that flow down to the desert coast and make life possible.
Llama Vessel

Llama Vessel

c. 200–550 CE

Peru, North Coast, Moche style

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