Dog/Frog Vessel, Peru

Dog/frog vessel
Huari/Moche culture, North Coast Peru
8.25″ (21 cm) high
c. 1200 AD

A shape-shifting crouching dog/frog in reddish brown and cream painted earthenware with a flared mouth rising from the center of the back. Unusual is the rear view, which is rather San Pedro cactus-like and possibly alludes to shamanic associations. Reminiscent of Moche pieces. Intact. Ex. private collection, Iowa, ex. David Stuart, Los Angeles, 1991.