Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 77



III
Moche Muscovy Duck Stirrup Vessel
Early Intermediate Period – Middle Horizon: 200 – 900 A.D.
Ceramic: Blackware
Overall: 7 x 3 1/2 x 5 in. (17.8 x 8.9 x 12.7 cm)
In blackware this effigy vessel presents a robust and footed billed fowl
figure with a crested head. The species is almost certainly the Muscovy
duck with its characteristic oblong, blunt beak and squared tail. The
Muscovy was native to the north coast of Peru and is often shown on
Moche vessels.
Provenance: Paul Shepard, Tucson.
Dr. Ernest Lira, Houston and Denver, or Dr. Peter Almendariz,
Denver, or M. Brenner, Geneva.
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