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• The Moche culture
  lived along the
  Northern Peruvian
  coastline. Between
  200BC and 700AD.
• Environment was rich
  with clay and metals.
• No written records
  were kept, also their
  was no major written

                      Moche Society
•   Moche society was strongly
    controlled by hierarchy of priests
    and warriors.
•   Their society was made up of
    Warrior-Priest rulers, weavers,
    metal smiths, potters, farmers,
    and fisherman.
•   Mostly an agriculture civilization
    that relied on a highly developed
    network of canals to grow a
    variety of crops, such as corn,
    beans, peppers, peanuts and
    other kinds of crops.
•   From some of the scenes that are
    painted on the pottery
    Archaeologists have been able to
    tell that the Moche society was
    very class conscious.

                                             Moche Art Style

        • Their art mostly represented
          ceremonies, mythology, and
          daily life of the Moche people.
        • Everything from sexual acts, ill
          humans, warriors, and deities.
        • Types of medium they use
          were clay, copper, silver, and
        • Moche artists created
          extraordinary gold work,
          textiles, ceramics, and massive
          architecture pieces.
                      Moche Ceramics

•   Their ceramics were highly
    structured and had identical form.
•   Used many different techniques in
    building their ceramic pieces.
•   Most of the Moche ceramics
    pieces were decorated with
    complex painting pattern know as
    fineline paintings.
•   Certain kinds of pottery were
    limited by social class and status.
•   Some pottery had specific
    ceremonial functions based social
•   Priest and warriors were to most
    frequently shown in ceramics.

                     Stir-up Vessel
• They have a closed body
  shape mounted by an arched
  tube that pierce it in two points,
  and itself pierced by a vertical
• Molded into three-dimensional
  sculptural forms.
• Vessels would represent
  animals, human, mystical
  figures, portraits of important
  people, and a variety of other
  designs showing daily life.
• Mostly found in Moche burials
  they were used also for
  functional purposes.

                                                        Metal Work
         • Many metal work techniques,
           such as gilding and early type
           of soldering.
         • Moche used turquoises inlay
           techniques and wax casting.
         • These techniques help the
           Moche in making chisels,
           spears points, fish hooks,
           digging sticks, tweezers and
           many other types of metal
         • Other types of more decorative
           pieces they made from metal
           goods were ear studs,
           necklaces, nose rings, masks,
           and helmets.      
• The Moche culture built
  large flat-topped
• Made from many pieces
  of adobe mud brick.
• Used for rituals, palaces,
  and royal burials.
• Huaca de la Luna and
  Huaca de la Sol.
• They contain collections
  of large painted murals
  and friezes, also were
  used for tombs of Moche

                  Moche Religion
• The Moche culture worshiped
  this figure known as the
• Mostly illustrate as a spider or
  octopus like figure, but also
  represented as a winded
  creature or a sea monster.
• Shown with bulged-eyes and
  sharp-teeth. Painted in bright
  yellow, red, white, and black.
• This deity was mostly used or
  shown when the Moche culture
  had rituals of human sacrifice.

     Theories about the end of the
            Moche culture
• Climatic disaster between
  550 to 600CE, thought
  that coastal areas were
  hit by 30 years of floods
  and rain.
• After another 30 year or
  more of drought.
• Many human sacrifices.
• Moche villages and clans
  groups turned on each
  other in a battle for limited
  resources of food and

             Source Page
• http://www.peru-

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