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Vessel

Unknown100 - 750

Museo de América

Museo de América

Ceremonial sculpture vessel which represents a naked prisoner (his hands are tied and he has a rope around his neck) with facial decoration. Notable is the realism of the face, which reflects ethnic features of the ancient Moches. The capture of war prisoners was a common practice in Moche society. The captured were stripped of all their attributes and clothing as a symbol of victory and appropriation. Many were later sacrificed, as is depicted in ceramic scenes and as has been archaeologically documented with the findings of graves with many of these sacrificed individuals.

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  • Title: Vessel
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 100 - 750
  • Provenance: Peru
  • Original Tittle: Vasija
  • Cultural Context: Moche Culture
  • Type: Unknown
  • Rights: http://museodeamerica.mcu.es/
  • External Link: CERES

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