Object of contention: A revaluation of Recuay-Moche combat imagery

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This study examines a painted combat scene on a ceramic vessel of the Moche culture (AD 100–800) of the north coast of Peru. The scene portrays a series of distinctly Moche warriors fighting adversaries who feature characteristics (weaponry, ornaments and dress) that are unconventional for Moche visual culture. Correspondences in Recuay pottery and stone sculpture instead support the argument that the enemies were groups from the neighbouring inland valleys and highlands of the Pacific Andean flanks. The analysis of the imagery and its implications illuminate how societies without writing sometimes perceived and configured interaction with other groups — namely, through representations of warfare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-184
Number of pages22
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

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