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.