Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 100



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Moche Stirrup Spout with The Botanical Frog
Early Intermediate Period – Middle Horizon: 200 – 900 A.D.
Ceramic: redware; shell
Overall: 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 x 6 1/8 in. (18.4 x 12.4 x 15.6 cm)
The supernatural creature known as The Botanical Frog combines frog,
plant, feline and serpent attributes. This is a fairly simple rendering of the
theme, in which the frog face and body provide the primary form, but the pelt
spots on the body are feline traits. The Botanical Frog is associated with both
agricultural fertility rituals and militaristic processions on Moche ceramics.
Here, the eyes were inlaid with shell. The frog has never been cleaned and is
in mint condition.
Provenance: Acquired by the current collection in 1991.
Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe.
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