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.
10 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (27.3 x 14.6 x 22.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Eugene Schaefer
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact email@example.com
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
3/4 front right, 36.332_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
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.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.