The iconography of Moche winged figures

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Title: The iconography of Moche winged figures
Author: Earle, Wendy Rose
Abstract: The Moche fineline painting corpus contains hundreds of representations of winged figures , but these have never been analyzed as a group . This thesis is an investigation of these winged figures , focusing on iconographic methodology . I have identified and categorized representations of birds (ducks , the Falconidae family , owls ,hummingbirds , vultures and condors , etc . ) , mammals (bats ) and insects (dragonflies ) in the fineline paintings . Special attention has been paid to genus and family , including the attributes and behaviors of these animals . This has yielded several important observations about how the Moche represented and linked winged figures . In the second part of this thesis I use semiotic analysis to consider winged figures as symbols rather than naturalistic representations . I also examine anthropomorphic winged figures , and analyze the interpretive possibilities and the implications of these interpretations .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -1930
Date: 2010-10-19


The iconography of Moche winged figures. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -1930 .

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