Effigy of a figure holding a snake

ID no.: 40089


Title: Effigy of a figure holding a snake 


Culture/Location: Moche, Peru


Date/Period: Middle Moche III or IV?


Material: Ceramic


Notes: Although it has been suggested that this effigy pot might not be genuine, others have confirmed its authenticity (most definitely not a fake according to Liz Carmichael, fomerly of the British Museum; and Kevin Lane, visiting fellow). Moche art is unusual in the history of ancient american art because of its striking its realism.