Artwork of the month

June 2018 Ethnology

Stirrup-spout bottle in shape of a fox

A fox can hide two others
Familiar animal of our nursery rhymes and our fables, the fox was also very present in the pre-Columbian world. Little wonder of animal sculpture, a Moche fox-shaped vase, recently entered our collections, may illustrate ancient Andean myths in which the fox appears as a being passionately fond of honey.

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Stirrup-spout bottle in shape of a fox
Peru, Moche, phase IV, IVth – Vth Century CE
Moulded and slipped terracotta
24 x 19 x 12.5 cm

Former collection of Rémy Audouin, 1975
Thence collection of Gérald Berjonneau
Bought at Millon et Associés, Paris, on 20.09.2017, lot 20.

© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer : Thierry Ollivier

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