Two nude captives, with their hands tied behind their backs and their weapon bundles at their sides, can be seen in the lower right of this painting. Their throats are being cut to drain their blood, which is consumed from tall goblets by the priests and priestesses above, each of whom is dressed in prescribed ritual vestments.
Donna McClelland (artist)
Christopher B. Donnan (collector)
Moche Archive. Drawing 92
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
Vessel: Moche 100 - 800 CE
Drawing: McClelland mid-1960s - mid 1990s
Donna McClelland (artist), "Sacrifice," in Capturing Warfare: Enemies and Allies in the Pre-Columbian World, Item #17, http://images.doaks.org/warfare/items/show/17 (accessed August 10, 2022).