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Moche Feline Effigy Vessel with Vegetable Motifs - K.116
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 200 BC to 1 AD
Dimensions: 7.75" (19.7cm) high
Catalogue: V5
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Like the Cheshire cat in Wonderland, it is this feline's grin that lingers longest in the mind. His toothy smile and staring eyes, however, may be intended to frighten away the demons of the underworld. His unusual covering of vegetation perhaps indicates his status as a nature deity responsible for the fertility of the earth. In a modern world that no longer believes in such myths, it is only his charm that attracts us. Less fearsome than amusing, he invites our affection as any house pet might. - (K.116)


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