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Lecture 5

ART H213 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Huaca Del Sol, Huaca, Inca Empire

Art History
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ART H213
Elizabeth Boone

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January 21, 2015
seafood, corn, huge variety of potatoes, textiles important to andean culture
early intermediate period - moche on the north coast in the desert region; modern day trujillo
late horizon - inca; cuzco capital of inca empire; quito in ecuador the second of the inca empire
Rebecca Stone Miller’s identifies four features of andean world view - collectivity - idea that the
group takes precedence over the individual; collective society; quite hierarchical where
everyone has a place in which each place is important to the entire function of society,
reciprocity - has to be systems of exchange; not everybody has everything; idea of trade,
transformation- world is constantly in flux; cyclical thinking; night and day; life and death; wet
and dry seasons, and essence - idea that the idea is more important than what it looks like;
what is it that makes it be? abstract idea; the art tends to be much more extract.
probably not a lot of interaction between the mesoamerican cultures and andes
Moche - , View of the Huaca del Sol from the Huaca de la Luna, Cerro Blanca
between the two pyramids, residential areas, urban space, used for religious ceremonies, burial
grounds, built new Huacas on top of olds one.
Huaca de la Luna - 5 temples built on top of the one before
used mud like adobe bricks
huaca - Sacred sight, flat toped pyramids
andean gods - interest of those in the sky, on the earth, and underneath the ground, felines,
serpents and spiders. gold —> sun, silver—> the moon.
Moche, Ai Apaec, Huaca de la Luna, Cerro Blanco, ca. 220 BCE - 600 CE
ai apaec - “a person/things who does” can provide food, water, military success, powerful god,
combines the three levels of the universe; eyes that look like an owl, fly at night; fangs like a cat;
hair that looks like a spider or serpents; the decapitator god; spiders can fly through the air on
their web, and can go into the ground. surrounded by little sea creatures, serpent and eel like.
repeated design. 4th temple. reliefs. clay, very shallow relief, 3D. red yellow paint, which and
black, very symmetrical, balanced.
abstraction - start with something that is visually familiar, ex owl. then change things about the
owl. process of idealization
ink block test - complete with something completely random and then adjust it in ways to
become something recognizable
still under discovery, did use some figurative work, keep discovering tombs, last 25 years
several tombs discovered
moche, Tomb of El Señor de Sipán (reconstruction) ca. 220 BCE to 600 CE
buried with incredible people, stuff, and ceramic objects. buried with his wife, watchman, llama,
dog, child, were all sacrificed at time of burial, three pairs of earrings, crown, nose ornaments,
chest pieces, some sort of a warrior priest,
2005 - womans tomb discovered le señora de Cau
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