This giant statue of an indigenous man with a huge penis has been destroyed after vandals threw two Molotov cocktails at it.
The statue, which boasted a 1.5-metre (4’11”) erect phallus, had already been repaired after it was damaged in an attack on 5th January.
And now it has been completely destroyed after a group of armed assailants threatened the security guards who were protecting it.
The incident took place not far from Moche, a city named after the ancient Moche people, located in Trujillo Province in north-western Peru, on Monday, 24th January.
The statue stood equidistant between two temples, one dedicated to the sun and the other to the moon.
Cesar Arturo Fernandez Bazan, the mayor of Moche, which bears the same name as the pre-Columbian civilisation that flourished in what is now northern Peru from about 100 to 700 AD, said that a group of unknown assailants carrying guns had threatened the security guards protecting the statue before throwing two Molotov cocktails at it, which melted it almost completely.
The statue had first been erected on 1st January 2022, with hundreds of people reportedly visiting the city to admire it.
And while on 5th January, the statue had only suffered a minor hole on the tip of its penis, this time around, it was almost completely burnt, with only a few chunks of fibreglass left.
The assailants reportedly left behind a banner in black ink that said “Cesar Fernandez, do not use our culture for political ends.”
The statue, which measured three metres (9’10”) in height, is a replica of an erotic ‘huaco’ – a ceramic vessel – from the pre-Columbian, and pre-Inca, civilisation that developed in the area between the 2nd and 7th centuries.
Huacos are often found in tombs or sepulchres.
Experts on the subject say that there are thousands of these ceramic statues depicting diverse sexual scenes. Some of the scenes are so graphic that museums used to prohibit minors from being admitted.
The city is reportedly considering soliciting artists to create more works like it to be installed in the municipality, with the mayor reportedly saying that he plans to have 12 more giant statues made and that he is planning on asking local businessmen for support.
It is currently unclear if the police are investigating the arson.