Defeat

Defeat

The objective of Moche combat was to capture rather than kill the opponent. Defeat is indicated by a warrior losing his headdress and by the victor grasping his hair. The posture of the nude figure on the left indicates that he is dead. At his feet are a strap-handled bag, a war club, spears, and a spear thrower.

Image Source

Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, 1963–2011, PH.PC.001_116-MAL-III-28-NC-NP, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

 

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