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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Immortal Spirits: The Pre-Columbian Afterlife

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Mummy MaskMummy Mask

The Tiuhuanaco people slipped sack-like mummy masks over the heads of the deceased. Tied at the top and crowned with human hair, the masks have colorful, vivacious features. The design and varying materials lend the masks a lively appearance, which eternally infused the deceased’s remains with life.

Mummy Mask
Tiuhuanaco Style
ca. 1100 C.E.
Peru
Wool, feathers, hair, and copper
(85.205)
Anonymous Gift

 

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