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Donnan/McClelland Categories

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A unique feature of the Moche Archive is the more than ninety iconographic subject categories devised by Donnan and McClelland to organize the photographic materials and fineline drawings. The categories are listed in full here, with links to relevant drawings. Some categories are not linked because they are not represented in Donna McClelland’s drawings.

Category

Number

Animals (miscellaneous)

76

Architecture

78

Badminton

91

Bats (natural and mythical)

54

Beans (mythical)

35

Beans (natural)

34

Bean and Stick Ceremony

32

Birds (mythical other than owls)

57

Birds with a Bowl

56

Body Ornaments

03

Body Parts

38

Botanical Frogs

71

Burial Theme

90

Chavin Archaism

88

Childbirth and Nursing Figures

20

Coca Chewers

06

Collages

02

Crested Animals

63

Crustacea (mythical)

67

Crustacea (natural)

66

Dance

84

Decapitation

05

Deer (mythical)

43

Deer (natural)

42

Erotica

21

Felines (natural and mythical)

75

Felines with Human Figure

26

Figures Holding an Animal

10

Figures Holding a Garment

93

Figures Not Holding an Object

15

Figures on Rack

23

Figures with a Small Figure

11

Figures with a Burden Bag

12

Figures with Bag in Lap

41

Figures Held by Birds

24

Figures Holding a Cup

09

Figures Holding a Miscellaneous Object

14

Figures Holding Pottery

08

Figures Seated on Dais or Litter

36

Figures Under an Arch

13

Figures with Empty Sleeves

07

Figures with Sores on Body

19

Fish (natural and mythical)

52

Fishing Scenes

53

Food, Food Gathering and Preparation

61

Foxes (natural)

45

Foxes (mythical)

46

Frogs (natural)

68

Geometric Designs

77

Headdresses

82

Hunting (deer, fox, sea lion, bird)

44

Human Heads

01

Hybrid Styles

95

Iguanas and Lizards (mythical)

51

Iguanas and Lizards (natural)

50

Llamas

40

Masks

58

Metal Working

85

Miscellaneous

99

Mountain Scenes

79

Monkeys (natural and mythical)

64

Music

86

Mutilated and Deformed Figures

18

Octopus (natural and mythical)

69

Optically Impaired Figures

17

Owls (mythical)

60

Owls (natural)

59

Presentation Theme / Sacrifice Ceremony

92

Prisoners (capture)

28

Prisoners (sacrifice)

29

Plants (natural and mythical)

81

Ritual Runners (human and mythical)

83

Sea Lions (natural and mythical)

74

Sea Shells and Sea Animals

49

Shamanistic Healing

22

Skeletal Figures

39

Sleeping Figures

16

Snails (natural, mythical, collecting)

48

Snakes (natural and mythical)

70

Specific Individuals

80

Spiders, Insects and Centipedes (natural and mythical)

72

Strombus Shells (natural, monster, shell with figure inside)

47

Supernatural Confrontations

27

Supernatural Figures

04

Tule Boats and Rafts

87

Turtles

73

Warriors

30

Warriors in Combat

31

Weapons and Clothing

33

Weaving

89

Wrestling

37