Pre-Columbian Chancay Wood Mask

14819. Pre-Columbian Chancay Wood Mask

Central Coast Peru, ca. 800 to 1200 AD.

A beautiful example of a hand-carved wooden mummy mask of a rounded rectangular form with white-painted, almond-shaped eyes with dark brown pupils that bulge from the face and flank a relatively veristic nose, parted lips, with rounded cheeks, a protruding chin, and a smooth brow. The unpainted forehead wrapped with a textile headband (not belonging but ancient and of the culture)

This wooden mask was perhaps attached to the front of a mummy bundle which would have contained the cremated remains of a once-living individual.

Size: 4.125" W x 7.2" H (10.5 cm x 18.3 cm)

Provenance: ex-Ashland University Museum, Ashland, Ohio, USA, donated to Ashland University between July 1994 to December 1998.


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