Warrior statue

Virú-Moche Culture2nd century BC - 3rd century AD

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

Mudec - Museum of Cultures
Milan, Italy

The figure probably represents a warrior chief, since he is armed with a cone-headed club and a shield. He wears a tunic with a border of pierced squares that evokes the common north coast tradition of decorating sumptuous fabrics with metal plates. The facial designs represent ornamental scarifications, a common element of body decoration along with tattoos.


  • Title: Warrior statue
  • Creator: Virú-Moche Culture
  • Date Created: 2nd century BC - 3rd century AD
  • Physical Dimensions: h 20,5 cm
  • Provenance: Peru, northern coast
  • Type: Statue
  • Rights: Federico Balzarotti Collection - Museum of Cultures, Milan - PAM 1253
  • Medium: Terracotta

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