Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 154



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Moche Stirrup Spout with The Botanical Frog
Early Intermediate Period – Middle Horizon: 200 – 900 A.D.
Ceramic: Orangeware
Overall: 6 x 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (15.2 x 12.1 x 15.9 cm)
The supernatural creature known as The Botanical Frog combines frog,
plant, feline and serpent attributes. Typically, as shown here, the frog face
and body provide the primary form, but serpents are attached to the body.
The frog also has a distinct nose with large stylized curls, here and on other
examples. The Botanical Frog is associated with both agricultural fertility
rituals and militaristic processions on Moche ceramics.
Provenance: Acquired by the current collection in 1991.
Ancient Art of the New World, New York.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kuhn, Los Angeles.
Merrin Gallery, New York.
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