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Mummy Mask with Inlaid Eyes

Mummy Mask with Inlaid Eyes
Mummy Mask with Inlaid Eyes
Peru, Chimu
Ca. 1100-1450
Wood, shell, and paint
Gift of Bernard R. Sperling

In the Chimu culture of Peru's north coast, the dead were buried in a seated position, bundled in layers of textiles and accompanied by offerings of ceramics, garments, featherwork, precious metals and food. A mask or false head was placed over the mummy bundle. The eyes on this example still show traces of their original paint. Burials discovered up and down the arid coast of Peru indicate that graves with elaborate offerings were common among several ancient cultures.

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