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The Natural World

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Central to Moche art was the realistic rendering of the natural world, including plants, animals, and crops they would have encountered in their surroundings.

Marine

Marine

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Terrestrial

Terrestrial

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Tillandsia

Tillandsia

A Bromeliad plant, also known as an “airplant” whose root system is capable of surviving in sandy soils and on small amounts of water, such as dew droplets or fog.

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Algarrobo

Algarrobo

Prosopis, also known as mesquite or carob in North America, is an important tree species of the desert north coast.

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Ulluchu

Ulluchu

A Mochica or Yunga name for a now-extinct fruit or seed pod thought to have had blood-thinning properties.

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Fruit

Fruit

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Trees

Trees

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