National Geographic : 1990 Jun
Scenes of naked violence may seem grisly but probably had powerful religious significance for the Moche. Dubbed "the decapitator," a fierce supernatural creature has cut off a human head with a tumi, or ceremonial knife. A vulture pecks at the eye of a man, possibly a criminal, who has been stripped, tied to a tree, and has had the skin peeled from his face. In a typical gesture of triumph, a warrior holds his opponent by the hair as his club makes contact.