Moche Art and Archaeology in Ancient Peru

Edited by Joanne Pillsbury

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Centuries before the rise of the Inca, the Moche created impressive monumental architecture and precious metal objects (c. a.d. 100–800). Today, large-scale projects at several sites in Peru, including the richest unlooted tomb ever discovered in the New World, have uncovered dramatic new discoveries about this ancient coastal civilization. This volume discusses the implications of these findings.

A major theme of the book is how the visual arts and political representation are connected in Moche culture. The contributors pay special attention to the relations between Moche visual imagery and other kinds of knowledge gained from the archaeological record. Topics ranging from the nature of urbanism to Moche portraiture to the visual representation of warfare versus the physical remains of battles will fascinate not only archaeologists and art historians but also students and scholars in related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Joanne Pillsbury is lecturer at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, University of East Anglia.

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

“Topics ranging from the nature of urbanism to Moche portraiture to the visual representation of warfare versus the physical remains of battles will fascinate not only archaeologists and art historians, but also students and scholars in related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.”—New England Antiques Journal

“This volume represents a landmark in Moche studies.”—George Bankes, The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute
ISBN: 9780300090437
Publication Date: March 11, 2002
Publishing Partner: Published by the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts / Distributed by Yale University Press
344 pages, 9 x 11
310 b/w + 13 color illus.
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