The tomb contained, various meters deep in the ground, a funerary bale with amazingly well kept remains of a woman. Next to her, the remains of a young sacrificed woman and other three companions were found.
The mysterious woman’s body was adorned with fine offers which lead the archaeologist to think that she was a high Moche authority. The investigators were also surprised to discover that she had symbolic figures tattooed on her body.
This finding adds to the San Jose de Moro priestess who was a feminine character who apparently also occupied an important place in the Moche elite.
Her New Home
The Lady of Cao funerary context was discovered by the El Brujo Archaeological Project investigating team, lead by Régulo Franco and has been under investigation since 2006. Now, we can visit the recently opened museum and get to know about the Moche sovereign.
The museologist Lucero Silva points out that water is the narrative pivot of the museum since it has been a determining factor in the development of the complex and of the culture itself.
“The El Brujo complex is situated near the river mouth. This element has allowed for the development of multiple readings on pre-Hispanic cultures and has served as an intermediary agent between different cultural experiences,” explains Lucero Silva. She also adds that “water and its associations with other sacred substances like blood and chicha de jora, run across the museum through different audiovisual aids, allowing the visitor to relate to more organic and sensorial processes.”
This relation to water is present through different iconographic elements that appear in the museum, whether it is in the designs on the walls, or in the funerary objects of the Lady of Cao. The river also appears repeatedly represented by the fish and the ocean with its waves.
Translated by Diana Schwalb
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