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Moche Demon Effigy Vessel - K.061
Origin: Northern Coast of Peru
Circa: 1 AD to 200 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Although such vessels were made to be placed in tombs, it is unusual to find one that confronts the terrifying unknown of death so directly. A fearsome, nightmarish head stares at us with the empty eye sockets of a skull and the fanged, snarling grimace of a jaguar, a demon halfway between the world of the living and that of the dead. Such a powerful object transcends all cultural boundaries: it touches a chord deep within us all, reminding us that there are still things man does not know for certain. - (K.061)


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