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Moche and Nazca Art

Oct - 22 - 2012

Andean pottery culminated with the splendid vessels of the Moche and Nazca peoples. A sharp stylistic contrast may be observed between these two cultures. While Moche pottery is typically realistically modelled and painted with a single colour, the Nazca preferred stylized modelling decorated in multiple colours (see Realism vs. Stylization).

The other most notable artworks of this period are the Nazca Lines (created by the Nazca culture). These enormous line drawings, which are comprised of grooves in the Nazca Desert (which lies in southwest Peru), number in the hundreds. Subjects include geometric forms, plants, birds, and animals.

Lying in the dusty desert of southern Peru, the Nasca Lines are among the most enigmatic human monuments ever created. The work of an ancient people living in the area from as early as 100 BC, the colossal lines – visible from the air – map out the shapes of animals, humanoid figures and geometric shapes. They have previously been described as ancient racetracks, an astronomical calendar, open-air temples and even an alien landing site. Now a new team is determined to get to the bottom of these amazing constructions, which have baffled experts for decades.

Can digital mapping, new theories and the discovery of a ceremonially buried decapitated man finally reveal The Nasca Lines Mystery?

Join contemporary scholars as they investigate the huge geometric markings made by the Nasca people 2,000 years ago on Peru’s dry pampa.


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