EUTOPIA
SEX POTTERY OF PERU: MOCHE CERAMICS SHED LIGHT ON ANCIENT SEXUALITY
The Moche were a mysterious civilization who ruled the northern coast of Peru beginning two thousand years ago. Due to the lack of a written language, little was known about the Moche civilization until the 1980s when archaeologists began uncovering monuments and tombs containing detailed murals, and incredible ceramics that depicted detailed scenes of hunting, fighting, sacrifice, ceremonies, and explicit sexual encounters. While much attention has been paid to deciphering the murals, relatively few scholarly studies have investigated the Moche ceramics that portray deities, skeletons, humans, and animals, engaged in a wide variety of sexual acts. However, they may in fact represent the most detailed account of sexual customs ever left by ancient people.