Moche Stirrup Vessel: Toad
A Pre-Columbian Moche pottery stirrup vessel, depicting a crouching toad with wide eyes and a red belly.
Peru, north coast.
Moche civilization was centered in northern Peru where it flourished from 100 to 800 AD. Moche society was agricultural, with a great deal of effort expended on impressive irrigation works and massive public architecture. The Moche are particularly noted for their achievements in art, especially their elaborately painted ceramics which depicted a wide variety of motifs and scenes from daily life with great skill.
Formerly in a New York private collection.