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Hidden Identity
Photograph by Ira Block

A king, a warrior, a god, or a planet? Scholars are still trying to interpret the significance of this figure, who wears what looks like a five-pointed crown and appears repeatedly on an elaborate mural at Huaca Cao Viejo, El Brujo's largest pyramid. Peruvian archaeologist Régulo Franco theorizes that this figure personifies the planet Venus, at times one of the brightest objects in the Peruvian night sky. He believes Moche priests could have used the mural as a ceremonial calendar, which told them when to hold rituals based on the position of stars and planets.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome  Velvia 50
Lens: 100mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: I used strobes to light the artwork.


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