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Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This vessel depicts a bird-headed warrior messenger, running with a bag in his hand. The bag contains decorated beans recording information to be passed from one city or garrison to another. The messenger wears the elaborately decorated headdress of the Moche warrior and has a large feather bustle that floats out behind him as he runs. Communication was a vital element of expanding cultures, and the frequency with which running messengers are represented attests to their importance to the Moche.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009