Deer-Headed Figure Vessel

200–850 CE
Overall: 26.5 x 14 x 25.5 cm (10 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)
Location: 232 Andean
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Moche imagery includes an intriguing world of creatures that mingle traits from different realms: beans sprout human legs and race up a spout, jars leap with human feet to pour themselves, and animals wield weapons in two hands. This figure, with a stag’s head but a human’s body, is an example. He is engaged in a coca-leaf chewing ritual and thus holds a bag for the leaves along with a container of powdered lime that is one of the ritual’s key ingredients.
Deer-Headed Figure Vessel

Deer-Headed Figure Vessel

200–850 CE

Central Andes, North Coast, Moche people

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