Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 73



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Moche Frog Effigy Vessel
Early Intermediate Period – Middle Horizon: 200 – 800 A.D.
Ceramic: Blackware
Overall: 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (17.1 x 12.1 x 16.5 cm)
The Moche were unique among Andean cultures in their ability to
realistically portray the world around them. Although their subject matter
can be esoteric, including anthropomorphic demon creatures and deities,
there was clearly a genre of realistic representations of animals, fish, birds
and plant forms, as well as scenes of daily life on painted vessels. Here a
realistic frog is presented, decidedly different from the Moche mythological
“botanical frog” covered with vegetation, snakes and horns.
Provenance: Acquired by the current collection in 1988.
Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe.
William Stark, Seattle.
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