Clay pot in the shape of a drummer with a cat's head. The pot has a stirrup spout and the finish is white on red. The restored areas are gray.;Identified by Virginia Miller, Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; tel: 312.413.2467;The militaristic Moche culture, named after its capital city, existed on the northern coast of Peru between about 200-700 AD. Although its society was dominated by warriors and warfare, the culture represents one of the great pre-Columbian art traditions of the Americas. Moche craftspeople were especially proficient in ceramics, and portrayed both human and animal effigies realistically in their distinctive white and red wares; other vessels were decorated with scenes of religious, military, and every-day life. They also surpassed previous South American cultures in metalwork, and used gold, silver, copper, and other metals to form myth-based and geometric designs. The tombs of Moche elite were often decorated with both pottery and metalwork. This example depicts an anthropomorphic cat, which most likely references the feline deity prominent in several pre-Columbian societies--including the Moche.