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Moche Terracotta Frog Effigy Vessel - PF.1216
Origin: Peru
Circa: 100 BC to 700 AD

Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Moche
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
The main area of production for Moche ceramics was in the valley of Moche and Chicama on the northern coast. For a period of roughly eight hundred years the artists of that region produced an amazing array of objects covering a wide range of subject matter. One of the most charming are the animal effigies, as in the case of this delightful frog vessel. The body of the frog is realistically made with clever touches, such as the wavy red lines suggesting the frog's watery habitat and its mottled skin. The stirrup handle is characteristic of Moche vessels, as is the lovely white slip. Even in the very early phase of ceramic production the artists developed a fineline painting technique which developed from geometric designs to more complex human and animal figures. There is a sense of purity and refined simplicity about this frog vessel which will continue to be appealing for centuries to come. - (PF.1216)

 

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