Moche Fineline Paintings: Its Evolution and Artists

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Author: Donnan, Christopher B (1940- ) and Donna McClelland

Year: 1999

Publisher: University of California, Los Angeles/Fowler Museum Press

Place: Los Angeles


319 pages with frontispiece, figures, illustrations, plates, appendixes and index. Oblong royal octavo (9" x 12") bound in original publisher pictorial wrappers. Appendix b: The Van den Bergh Collection by Edward de Bock. First edition.

This study is the result of more than three decades of collaboration in the development of the Moche Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Archive contains more than 160,000 photographs of Moche objects in museums and private collections throughout the world, was created to facilitate the study of Moche civilization through a systematic analysis of what is depicted in Moche art. When this study began, it concentrated on ceramic sculptures of plants, animals, people and objects. It became clear that fineline painted vessels were much more informative, because they often portrayed objects in context, and depict activities in which two or more figures participate. In drawing an analogy from Christian art, an attempt to reconstruct the Nativity by studying individual sculptures of the Christ child, Mary or the wise men would be fruitless until one had seen the entire nativity with figures, animals, stable and star portrayed together. It was the fineline painting of the Moche that provided the key to interpreting their art.


A Near fine copy.

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