Moche art

Moche architects and artists raised spectacular adobe pyramids. Their ceramics and jewelry are naturalistic and rich in imagery, inviting us to explore their world.

200–900 C.E.

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What is Moche art?

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Funerary bundle of the Señora de Cao
Funerary bundle of the Señora de Cao

The discovery of this Moche woman's luxurious tomb made scholars question the Moche culture's relationship between gender and power

The Moche Royal Tombs of Sipán
The Moche Royal Tombs of Sipán

Get to know the richest burial site in the Western hemisphere.

Moche culture, an introduction
Moche culture, an introduction

Not one unified political entity, the Moche were independent groups who shared common ideas—and artistic forms.

Moche Portrait Head Bottle
Moche Portrait Head Bottle

Thousands of ceramic bottles were produced by Moche ceramicists, and many multiples were made using molds.

Pair of Earflares, <em>Winged Messengers</em>
Pair of Earflares, Winged Messengers

Made of gold and inlaid stone, these earflares were probably worn for ceremonies rather than daily.

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