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Fox Runner Effigy Vessel

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
The anthropomorphic fox on this Moche effigy vessel wears a large, circular disk headdress that is also seen on fineline painted vessels, where it is associated with Ritual Runners, figures shown racing through desert landscapes. Similar disks in gold and copper have been found in elite burials, suggesting that Ritual Runners were a high-ranking group of adult males, possibly priests, who participated in a special ceremony. Scholars believe that Moche priests consumed the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus in order to transform themselves into animal spirit helpers such as the fox.

Este zorro antropomórfico en esta vasija efigie Moche lleva un gran tocado circular que se ha visto también en vasijas pintadas con línea fina, donde se asocia con Corredores Rituales, figuras representadas corriendo a través de paisajes desiertos. Discos similares en oro y cobre han sido encontrados en enterratorios de élite, sugiriendo que los Corredores Rituales eran un grupo de hombres adultos de alto rango, posiblemente sacerdotes, que participaban en una ceremonia especial. Académicos creen que los sacerdotes Moche consumían el alucinógeno San Pedro para transformarse en espíritus animales ayudantes como el zorro.

MEDIUM Ceramic, pigments
  • Place Found: North Coast, Peru
  • DATES ca. 400-700
    DIMENSIONS 10 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (27.3 x 14.6 x 22.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Moche. Fox Runner Effigy Vessel, ca. 400-700. Ceramic, pigments, 10 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (27.3 x 14.6 x 22.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer, 36.332. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 36.332_SL1.jpg)
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Stirrup-spout effigy vessel depicting a seated anthropomorphic fox (fox runner) with a fox head and human body. The figure wears a large circular disk headdress, a woven belt, and wrist and leg ornaments. He grasps the headdress ties in his hands. Condition: good.
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