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Proto-Writing in Moche Pottery at Cerro Mayal, Peru

  • Margaret A. Jackson
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Abstract

Moche ceramic art is well known for its sensitive realism and attention to fine detail. It is a tradition that continues to fascinate, in part, because the corpus of imagery suggests a ready venue for cultural understanding, despite formidable barriers of distance and time. Yet, Moche art includes a sizeable component of images that can only be described as abstract. As scholarship surrounding Moche imagery advances, it becomes apparent that these are not simple mimetic representations. The images actually functioned as an integral element of a complex communication system widespread among the valleys of the north Peruvian coast, where the Moche held sway throughout the 1st through 9th centuries AD.

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Register Mark Abstract Sign Alphabetic Writing Visual Notation Conceptual Leap 
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