Chimu Lambayeque Silver Repousse Mask

 

15384. Chimu Lambayeque Silver Repousse Mask

North Coast, Ca. 900 to 1250 A.D.

A hammered two part voluminous abstract mask with a protruding nose and ear flanges. Constructed in sections of sheet metal, attached with thin flat strip staples. The eyes, ears and nose are all individual elements applied to the face. Deep crystallized blue-green patina, with traces of silver under the patina.
and pierced holes on the upper forehead and ear tabs are for affixing the visage to a mummy bundle.

Size: 10.75 inches L x 8.5 inches W (27.3 cm x 21.6 cm)

According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Many Andean peoples placed masks as false faces on the mummy bundles of important individuals. Depending on the status and wealth of the deceased, the masks could be of wood, ceramic, or cloth; those of the most powerful were of gold and silver.

Provenance: Adrian Burns, Columbus, OH; acquired from an old estate collection.

Original Price: $4,995

Special Price: $4,250

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