The tomb of the Lady of Cao is the first evidence of the burial of a female biological character of the Moche elite inside a temple of the same era. Anthropological studies allowed us to know that this woman, 1.48 meters tall, died when she was approximately 25 years old. The analyzes indicate that she suffered from an abscess in the wisdom tooth, that her death occurred in a postpartum stage, apparently due to eclampsia, and that her body was washed with seawater. Also, the hair-study allowed us to know that she consumed corn grains and marine products.
But, who was this enigmatic woman? The power badges that accompanied her (crowns, headbands, batons, nose rings, earmuffs) if were worn by this character, would suggest her privileged status in the hierarchical composition of the Mochica society of the lower Chicama, at least. It is surprising the similarity of their badges with the ones worn by the character D of the so-called «Sacrifice Ceremony», the main topic of the Moche iconography, which is also shared with the evidence coming from the Lord of Úcupe tomb at the Jequetepeque valley. In the narrative sequence of this ceremony, the blood of the executed prisoners is offered to the highest dignitary.