Recuay Culture (200-600 A.D.) sculptures from the Garden of the Stones at the National Archaeological Museum in Huaraz, Peru. Thought to depict ancestors and feline spirits.

See if you can spot the kitty!

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Recuay Culture (200-600 A.D.) stone sculpture from the National Archaeological Museum in Huaraz.

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The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, Calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could perceive.
And particularly they studied the genius of each city & country, placing it under its mental deity.
Till a system was forged, which some took advantage of & enslav’d the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects; Thus began Priesthood.
Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales.
And at length they pronounced that the gods had ordered such things.
Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast.
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790-1793.

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Formative (1000-200 B.C.) stone sculpture from the ceremonial site of Pumacayan in the National Museum of Archaeology in Huaraz.

Formative (1000-200 B.C.) stone sculpture from the ceremonial site of Pumacayan in the National Museum of Archaeology in Huaraz.

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Illustrations from Moche fineline ceramics (500-900 A.D.) from the Museo Larco in Lima, Peru.

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Late Moche (550-900 A.D.) fineline ceramic of a war-lord from the Museo Larco.

Late Moche (550-900 A.D.) fineline ceramic of a war-lord from the Museo Larco.

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Moche culture (100-800 A.D.) ceramic of a Jaguar-man with a severed head from the Museo Larco.

Moche culture (100-800 A.D.) ceramic of a Jaguar-man with a severed head from the Museo Larco.

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Mural friezes on the Chimu empire (1100-1470 A.D.) ceremonial complex of Huaca del Dragon in Trujillo, Peru.

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So…. Much… Power!

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