Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Two nude captives, with their hands tied behind their backs and their weapon bundles at their sides, can be seen in the lower right of this painting. Their throats are being cut to drain their blood, which is consumed from tall goblets by the priests and priestesses above, each of whom is dressed in prescribed ritual vestments.

Image Source

Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, 1963–2011, PH.PC.001_092-MUN-Cat 92-IV, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

 

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