Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 128



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Chimu Mud Shark Effigy Vessel
Late Intermediate Period – Late Horizon: 1100 – 1550 A.D.
Ceramic
Overall: 4 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 2 in. (12.1 x 31.1 x 5.1 cm)
Height on base: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
The mud shark is one of the best known species of the Squalidae (dogfish)
family of sharks. It inhabits shallow waters, hence the name mud shark, but
can live further offshore in most parts of the world, especially in temperate
waters. This vessel is realistically modeled with the relatively flat face, open
mouth, beady eyes, gill arches, lower fin and bifurcated tail, which the mud
shark uses for defense.
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