Deer-Headed Figure Vessel

Deer-Headed Figure Vessel


Ceramic, slip

Overall: 26.5 x 14 x 25.5 cm (10 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2008.1



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.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic, slip

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