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Mummy head (false head), c. 1100 - 1400 AD

North Coast Peru, Chancay

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Private Collection, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (acquired in Lima, 1981) H: 11 inch 600 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, human hair, textile remnants, plant fibre, white pigment, rest.

These masks were not intended to be portraits, but a stylized representation of the human face for important individuals as a mark of their elite status.

They gave a face to the mummified bodies of the dead, created to last for eternity to receive the prayer and worship of the descendants.

This object is subject to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Protection Act. Export documents are required for export (subjected to a fee)