Moche stirrup-spout pot in shape of monkey with lime
in gourd for mixing with coca leaf (reproduction).
Introduction to Archaeology
Last updated: 01/23/2004 17:30:26
Project Director: Anne Pyburn
Indiana University Bloomington
It seems this pot depicts something much more human-like than the usual "Mystery Monkeys" also depicted in ancient Peru, and this one is wrapped in a blanket and chewing cocaine out of coca leaves! The depiction is close to some of the Mayan "Monkey Men" and it could be another case of a "Wildman" being so described (The defunct term "Pithecanthropus" used for Homo erectus was another term originally used for a type of Wildman) The more modern descriptions of the type in Peru speak of it as being a "Kind of a Satyr" and the Wildman in this instance could be thought of as a more highlands type of "Maricoxi." For a comparison I found a half-faced Neanderthal reconstruction and made a fullfaced view of it (Without the hair to give a better impression of the form of the face) Best Wishes, Dale D.