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HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS

Moche Culture

The Huaca de la Luna was one of two pyramids, along with the nearby Huaca del Sol, built by the Moche people, both huacas de Moche, an ancient Moche capital city. The Huacas de Moche lies about 4 km the center of Trujillo, near the shore of the Moche River. The Huaca de la Luna,is the smaller one of the 2 huacas, but is has far greater visual remains in the form of the Huaca de la Luna Murals, extensive friezes (bands) of colored reliefs. The Huaca del Sol has been severly damaged and looted by the Spanish in the 17th century. The Huaca de la Luna seems to have been left relatively in tact. The Huaca de la Luna seems to have served more as a ceremonial and religious function, though it also has burial sites.

Huaca de la Luna Murals

The Huaca de la Luna murals were originally painted in black, bright red, sky blue, white, and yellow. The sun and weather has since faded the colors, but they can still be recognized. Many motifs showcase the god of Ayapec, which translates "Wrinkle-Face".

 

The Huaca de la Luna features 3 main platforms, each with a different function. The northern platform, at the time brightly colored, was destroyed by looters. The central platform contains many high-status graves that revealed fine ceramics, probably belonging to the Moche religious elite. On the other hand, the grave goods found at the Huaca del Sol suggest they may have belonged to the political rulers.

 

At the eastern platform, black rock and adjacent patios appear to have been the sites of human sacrifice rituals. These are depicted in a variety of Moche visual arts, such as ceramics. After the sacrifice, bodies of victims appear to have been dumped over the side of the platform and left exposed in the patios. Several remains of skeletons of adult men at the foot of the rock, show signs of trauma, to the skulls and bones.

 

HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS, PERU: Moche culture museum.HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS, PERU: City pyramide.

The Moche museum.

Visitors at the foot of the Huaca de la Luna.

 

HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS, PERU: visitors at upper temple.HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS, PERU: Upper temple wall.

Earlier reliefs are now visible at the site.

Earlier friezes with painted reliefs are brighter colored as they were better protected from the effects of weathering.

 

 

HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS, PERU: Inner city.

some of the more fragile parts are covered by roofs.

Later Huaca de la luna murals have faded colors.

 

 

HUACA DE LA LUNA MURALSHUACA DE LA LUNA MURALS, PERU: Main relief wall.

The most spectacular walls are all protected by roofs from the weather and earthquakes.

Many parts of this famous wall are still undergoing restoration works.

 

 

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