art, academic and non-fiction books
publishers’ Eastern and Central European representation

Name your list

ISBN: PB: 9780873654067

Harvard University Press

March 2011

172 pp.

21.3x20.3 cm

70 colour illus., 15 halftones

PB:
£20,95
QTY:

Moche of Ancient Peru

Media and Messages

Peru's ancient Moche culture is represented in a magnificent collection of artifacts at Harvard's Peabody Museum. In this richly illustrated volume, Jeffrey Quilter presents a fascinating introduction to this intriguing culture and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, and religion.

Quilter utilizes the Peabody's collection as a means to investigate how the Moche used various media, particularly ceramics, to convey messages about their lives and beliefs. His presentation provides a critical examination and rethinking of many of the commonly held interpretations of Moche artifacts and their imagery, raising important issues of art production and its role in ancient and modern societies.

The most up-to-date monograph available on the Moche – and the first extensive discussion of the Peabody Museum's collection of Moche ceramics – this volume provides an introduction for the general reader and contributes to ongoing scholarly discussions. Quilter's fresh reading of Moche visual imagery raises new questions about the art and culture of ancient Peru.

About the Author

Jeffrey Quilter is Deputy Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

Reviews

"A new volume in the award-winning Peabody Museum Collections Series presents a refreshing analysis of Moche works from the magnificent collection at Harvard's Peabody Museum. In the richly illustrated [book] archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter gives readers a thorough introduction to this fascinating culture and explores current thinking about Moche politics, history, society, religion, and art" – artdaily.org