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Room 2, Vitrine 13

Peruvian Northern Coast
Formative Epoch (1250 BC – 1 AD)
ML010861, ML015592, ML016152, ML016157, ML016159, ML040312.

This culture was discovered by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1941 in the valley of the Chacama River in the department of La Libertad. The ceramics were fired in kilns in which the oxygen oxidized the clay, giving them a brick-red color. They were then painted with white lines. This “white on red” decorative technique endured until the end of the Formative Epoch.

Among the sculptural pieces we see again the feline, the serpent and the owl. The cult of the dead was very important, as can be seen in this sculptural scene depicting a body prior to burial.