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Rows of lima beans and images of “bean-warriors” appear on this Moche stirrup-spout vessel. These anthropomorphic combatants carry shields and clubs, and are adorned with helmets and ear spools. Lima beans were cultivated as early as 2000 BC in the Andes and were a common staple in ancient Peru.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sandford G. Etherington
Evan Maurer and Molly Hennen, Symboles Sacrés Quatre mille ans d'art des Amériques (Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2002) p. 198, cat. no. 166, color ill.
Anne Barriault, Selections Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1997) pp. 14-15, ill. p. 14 (color), detail p. 12 (color).
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