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Art Matters Lecture with Alicia Boswell (in person)

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 5:30 PM


Power and Metals: Regalia of the Moche of Ancient Perú
Alicia Boswell
Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara

In the ancient Andes, metallurgical technology was driven by an ideological system that imbued metals with sacred properties. Unlike Old World societies, where metallurgical technology developed in response to the demand for utilitarian goods, in the ancient Andes, gold, silver, and copper alloys were used to create regalia worn by elites. These objects lended authority and power to those that wore them—in life and death. This lecture discusses the role of regalia in the Moche world, a society that thrived on what today is the north coast of Peru in the first millennium.
Image: Funerary Mask. About 100-700 CE. Moche, Peru. Copper alloy, bone, muscovite. SBMA, Gift of Wright S. Ludington, 1960.2.




Cost: Free Curator's Circle Members and Above $10 Enthusiast Members and Below Free Students $15 Non-Members
Phone: (805) 963-4364
Tickets: tickets.sbma.net
Event url: www.sbma.net/

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