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Art and Moche Martial Arts

TitleArt and Moche Martial Arts
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsQUILTER, J.
EditorBOURGET, S., and K. L. JONES
Book TitleThe Art and Archaeology of the Moche: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast
CityAustin, TX
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN Number978-0292718678

J. Whittaker: Nothing to suggest coordinated formations, or attacks on fortification, most agree essence of M war was one-on-one combat for captures. Larco (2001) major source of info; in his museum distinguishes darts from lances (over 2 m long), no dart specimens. Darts always shown as compound weapons with long pt and thicker shaft. Lances or long spears rarely shown in M art. Copper spikes 25-50 cm long Larco thinks lance pts, but could be dart pts, would need counter weight on shaft to balance properly in spear-thrower. [Maybe, no weight info given unfortunately]. But perhaps too heavy, too expensive for expendable darts. No barbed ones found, no darts with copper pts found either. More likely these spikes were bottom of maces [good idea, but no photos, so far not found on clubs.] Hand combat depicted, but projectile weapons imply more. Best against massed enemy. “Experiments with replicas should help determine ranges of M spear-throwers and their darts” and types of combat. P 222 Deer hunt as symbolic of warfare. Art may depict only elite warriors and neglect masses of common folk, comp to Greek warrior art. [Excellent article].