Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 89



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Moche Feline Head Stirrup Vessel
Early Intermediate Period – Middle Horizon: 200 – 800 A.D.
Ceramic: Creamware with orange and black
Overall: 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 6 in. (26.7 x 14 x 15.2 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, one of the three Andean cats is represented (mountain, pampas and
puma), most likely the puma because of the narrow protruding muzzle.
Chicama Valley, Huaca del Sol.
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