Moche Archive Drawings

Line drawings reproducing iconography found on painted vessels from Peru's North Coast.
Anthropomorphic bean warriors, drawing 0661 by Donna McClelland
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

The Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche archive, held by the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, features drawings which reproduce decorations on vessels from the Moche culture (AD 200-900), one of the first complex societies of the North Coast of Peru.

Although they did not practice a system of writing, Moche "fineline" art was rendered in a realistic style, offering insight into Pre-Columbian daily life, narrative myth, and ritual tradition. 

Accessing These Materials

Over 700 of these line drawings have been digitized and are available in HOLLIS Images. You can also browse the drawings in categorized groupings and with additional information.




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