Description This dipper, used as a ladle for liquid, was a very common ceramic form for the Moche culture of northern Peru. Such vessels were often placed in tombs as offerings, but were certainly used by the living as well, to both serve and also to drink the corn beverage known as chicha. Perhaps the wide open mouth of the man depicted here shows him either singing or drinking during an episode of ritual drinking involving a dipper like this one.
Provenance [Dr. Ernest Lira, Houston and Denver (?), or Dr. Peter Almendariz, Denver (?), or M. Brenner, Geneva (?)]; Paul Shepard, Tucson, Arizona [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Economos Works of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Private collection, 1989, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2009, by gift.
Credit Anonymous gift, 2009
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