Vessel with Modeled Head and Foxes (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

AD 750–1300
South America,Peru,North Coast,Andean
Overall: 9 1/8 × 6 1/4 × 6 1/2 in. (23.18 × 15.88 × 16.51 cm)
Depicted at the base of this vessel’s spout is a high-status male wearing a mask and elaborate ear ornaments. He is flanked by two standing foxes and represents either a priest who participated in rituals or the culture’s highest deity. Large gold masks that display the same facial features have been recovered from elite Middle Sican burial sites. Because of the substantial amount of gold and precious objects known to be found at Middle Sican burial sites, many tombs have been looted.
Middle Sican, Pre-Colombian
Late Intermediate
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sandford G. Etherington
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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