The Moche culture thrived on Peru’s northern coast between approximately 200 and 900 C.E. Rising and falling long before the Inka, the culture left no written records, and the early Spanish colonists who chronicled the cultures of Peru found the Chim people in what had earlier been Moche territory.
Oct 01, 2000 This pairing of gold and silver (here linked with pairing of right and left sides) obviously was a common practice in the Moche culture and presumably had a symbolic meaning to the Moche , . Among the artifacts stemming from the royal tombs, some more examples expressing the gold–silver duality were detected  .Read More
Apr 18, 2014 A Moche funerary site in Northern Peru that was looted for spectacular gold objects during the same looting wave that hit following the discovery of the famous lord of Sip n tomb. The site of La Mina, also known as Huaca de la Mina or Cerro de la Mina, is located in the Jequetepeque Valley of Peru’s north coast, about five kilometres from ...Read More
023. Their “gold” ornaments were not made of solid gold or solid silver but of copper, which had been gilded through a sophisticated process of oxidation and electrochemical replacement. This mask has a solid gold nose ornament, though, and the copper is inlaid with shell eyes. (Courtesy Thad Zajdowicz) .Read More
The New Mexico History Museum is preparing to repatriate an archaeological artifact to Peru, a move that signals the museum’s commitment to cultural diplomacy on the international stage. The exchange of the artifact, a gold pendant from the Moch Period (100-800 AD), will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Washington, D.C.Read More
Aug 18, 2014 The necklaces were made with beads of gold and silver in the shape of man (peanuts), an important food staple for the Moche. There were ten kernels on the right side made of gold, signifying masculinity and the sun god, and ten kernels on the left side …Read More
The author explores the ritual and social identity of the Old Lord of Sip n from Tomb 3 at the Lambayeque Valley site. The ritual paraphernalia buried with the approximately fifty year old male are described, and compared to representations of remarkably similar items in Moche art. It is concluded that the interred individual was the one identified in the iconography as Individual D of the ...Read More
Welding brazing and soldering of gold and silver by the Moche tombs “Se or de Sip n” and “Se ora de Cao”. 240-243. Paper presented at IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017.Read More
(75% gold) has 18 parts gold and 6 parts of another metal(s), 14 kt gold (58.3% gold) has 14 parts gold and 10 parts of another metal(s), and so on for 12 kt and 10 kt gold. 10 kt gold is the minimumRead More
Apr 27, 2013 Moche artisans used different copper alloys with silver and/or gold in a wide range of composition to produce the objects whose surface chemical and structural nature was in some cases modified by depositing a thin layer of precious metal [25–30].The Moche metalsmiths adopted various methods including depletion gilding based on the copper removal [25, 26] or the electrochemical …Read More
Gold, silver, and copper were reserved to make ritual and luxury goods for the wealthy and powerful in Moche society. While Moche metalsmiths continued the more than a thousand year old technique using hammered sheet metals, they also employed sophisticated metallurgy that was introduced into the smith’s repertoire during Moche times, 200-800 AD.Read More
About 200 gold and silver funerary ornaments from the Moche tombs “Se or de Sip n” and “Se ora de Cao” were analyzed to determine their metallurgic characteristics. Of particular interest was the question about the gold-silver joining process. ToRead More
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