Moche culture, Peru
Headdress Element in the Form of a Fox Head
Copper, silver wash, shell
L. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 2003.1
The Moche considered the fox a lunar symbol because of its nocturnal
habits, and they admired the animal for its cunning and agility.
This fox head was probably part of a dramatic headdress: the shell
teeth and wire whiskers add realistic detail, the small disks on
the ears and chin would have caught the light and tinkled when the
headdress moved, and the tongue is designed so that it moves freely.