publication . Article . 2011

THE MOCHE BOTANICAL FROG (La rana botánica mochica)

Donna McClelland †;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2011 Journal: Arqueología Iberoamericana (issn: 1989-4104, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Dr. Pascual Izquierdo-Egea
Abstract
Plants and animals with features which identify them as supernaturals characterize the art of the Precolumbian Moche culture of northern Peru. Among these animals is a frog with feline attributes and a consistent association with manioc tubers, stalks, and plants, the Botanical Frog. The Botanical Frog appears to have been patterned on Leptodactylus pentadactylus. It is shown copulating with felines. Fine line painted vessels and ones with low relief decoration show the Botanical Frog performing as part of a ritual involving other animals and cultivated crops, suggesting that the Botanical Frog was associated with agriculture. ESPAÑOL: El arte de la cultura moch...
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free text keywords: peru | moche | agricultural rituals | supernatural animals | frogs | manioc | mochica | ritos agricolas | animales sobrenaturales | ranas | yuca, Prehistoric archaeology, GN700-890, Archaeology, CC1-960
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