Mastiff (Dog-Faced) Bat Vessel

Mastiff (Dog-Faced) Bat Vessel

AD 200-850

Ceramic, slip

Overall: 18.4 x 17.7 x 15.8 cm (7 1/4 x 6 15/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2005.6



The vessel illustrates two principles of the Moche style: keen interest in realism and in capturing activity at its peak. The bat’s head is depicted with great fidelity, and the animal may be portrayed dropping from its roost, just before it opens its wings and takes flight.


A Tomb Offering
The Symbolism
See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic, slip

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