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The Archaeology of AncestorsDeath, Memory, and Veneration$
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Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062518

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062518.001.0001

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Images of Ancestors

Images of Ancestors

Identifying the Revered Dead in Moche Iconography

(p.189) 8 Images of Ancestors
The Archaeology of Ancestors

Erica Hill

University Press of Florida

This chapter employs Moche art and iconography from northern Peru to suggest that women had a critical role in the transformation of sacrificial victims into offerings to the ancestral dead. Painted and modelled representations are linked to archaeological evidence, suggesting that ancestor veneration was a practice employed by elites to “access origins” and so validate their position in Moche society.

Keywords:   ancestors, art, women, iconography, Moche, Peru, sacrifice, status, elites

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