Moche of Ancient Peru

Figurative Moche stirrup vessels

Moche stirrup vessels, Peru, A.D. 100–700. Photo by Mark Craig.

Media & Messages

October 21, 2005–November 30, 2007

The Moche offers a rare look at one of Peru's oldest civilizations through its most central of art forms: ceramics. Over one hundred objects, principally ceramics, from the Peabody Museum's permanent collections take center stage along with artifacts of stone, wood, metal, and textiles, and photographic panels of colorful murals and friezes.

Understood principally through their ceramics, the exhibit examines the imagery used by this ancient people and how it conveys their everyday experience and cosmological beliefs, as well as their relationship to earlier cultures and legacy.

Curated by Jeffrey Quillter.