In the last thirty years archaeological investigations on the north coast of Peru have produced a wealth of new information leading to nuances in our understanding of Moche sociopolitical organization (AD 200-800). These discoveries have included excavations of intact tombs of Moche male and female elites, interred with their ritual regalia and other grave goods. Metal ornaments made up an important part of this regalia, yet our understanding of Moche metallurgy technology and production remains under explored. This presentation presents current research on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection on Moche metal regalia, its production, presentation, and significance in the Moche world.
Lecture by Dr. Alicia Boswell
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bard College
The image of the woman and child is so familiar to us in Western art from representations of the Virgin Mary with the Christ child that we tend to take for granted its interpretation as a universal symbol of maternity, and of the close physical and emotional bond between mother and child. But the motif was not universal. In antiquity images of nursing mothers were absent in classical art in Athens and elsewhere in mainland Greece, while they were abundant in Italy, in the Etruscan cities, as well as the Greek cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily. The lecture will consider possible reasons for this situation.
Lecture by Dr. Larissa Bonafante
Professor of Classics Emerita, New York University