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ARTHIST 226 Ancient Andes

Survey of the art and archaeology of the ancient cultures of the Andes region in the present day South American countries of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile, from the rise of complex societies in the 2nd millennium BCE to the Inka Empire in the 16th ce

Library Session, March 30, at 1pm

Review library resources for Assignment 2, due April 15 

This paper is both a museum case design and a research paper in which you choose objects for display, establish a theme, research the pieces, and write the texts for the museum case display.  Research your pieces and theme. Using books or peer-reviewed articles research your theme so that you can provide a cultural or historical context for your theme and chosen pieces.

We will demo JSTOR ( and discuss search tips.  This JSTOR Guide is helpful for future reference, ex. Use ti: to search for the title of an article or book

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Sample Research

Moche Jar, Carlos Museum


Donnan, Christopher B., Joanne Pillsbury, Izumi Shimada, and Theresa Lange Topic. "Moche."

"Full-body effigies depict a range of individuals, including warriors, ritual specialists, and others. Warriors are often shown on one knee with shield and club at the ready; regal figures, seated cross-legged, display elaborate headdresses and large ear spools."   "Moche ceramic artists were the creators and masters of a painting style called fineline, in which red slip is delicately painted on a buff background." 

Moche Iconography, Dumbarton Oaks: Moche Iconography, Dumbarton Oaks:

Bernier, Hélène. “Moche Decorated Ceramics.” HEILBRUNN TIMELINE OF ART HISTORY. Metropolitan Museum of Art, August 2009. 


Scher, Sarahh E. M. 2010. "Clothing power: Hierarchies of gender difference and ambiguity in Moche ceramic representations of human dress, C.E. 1-850.", Emory University.  Search "Espingo" Page 238 “Figure 5.160 also wears a necklace of espingo seeds, which were associated with coca use by Benson (Benson, "Garments", 294) and found in a funerary bundle at Dos Cabezas, along with ulluchus. (Donnan, Dos Cabezas, 118)  Espingo is mentioned by Arriaga in 1621 as an offering to the huacas as well as part of a “witches’” drink.”  (Mario Polía, Despierta, remedio, cuenta: adivinos y médicos del Ande, 1. ed., 2 vols. (Lima: Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú, Fondo Editorial, 1996), 379.)