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Jar in the Form a Man with Disfigured Face

Jar in the Form of a Man with Disfigured Face
Jar in the Form of a Man with Disfigured Face
Peru, Moche, ca. 200-600 CE
Pottery
(73.241)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Westreich

Moche artists emphasized naturalistic portrayals of the world they witnessed around them, including a range of maladies. Some scholars have suggested that the facial disease depicted here is leishmaniasis, a disease caused by protozoan parasites and transmitted by the bite of certain species of sand fly. One form of that disease, mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, particularly afflicts the nose and mouth.

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