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Amy Sexton ART 224 Peruvian/Moche figurative vessels The Moche culture has left impressive archaeological sites and some of the most outstanding pottery to be seen in Peru's museums. The Moche period is especially known for its ceramics, considered the most artistically sensitive and technically developed of any found in Peru. The thousands of Moche pots preserved in museums are so realistically decorated with figures and scenes that they give us a very descriptive look at life during the Moche period. Pots were modeled into lifelike representations of people, crops, domestic or wild animals, marine life and houses. Other pots were painted with scenes of both ceremonial and everyday life. From these pots, archaeologists know many different dynamics of the Moche society. Clothing, musical instruments, tools and jewelry are all frequent subjects for ceramics. As there was no written language, most of what we know about the Moche
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Unformatted text preview: comes from this wealth of pottery. The ceramics also show us that the Moche had well-developed weaving techniques. Another main part of Moche culture is the significance of the human head being recreated. “One of the great Moche arts was the production of pottery realistically portraying human heads. Slabs of clay were pressed into clay moulds, one each for the back and front of the piece, the moulds pressed together, the seams smoothed inside and the moulds removed. This allowed the potters to create numerous identical pieces. They then added features while the clay was workable making the pieces individual works of art. The human ceramic images often appear to represent specific people, and different individuals appear time and again on different pots. One such recurring image is a face with a facial scar. The pots not only show him as a mature man but as a boy and youth growing up.”...
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