About this artwork
Painted to emulate the features of a human face, this mummy mask also has fringe suggestive of hair, this mask probably was part of a mummy bundle. When the Paracas buried their dead, they placed the deceased in a seated position and wrapped it in layers of woven garments; masks were placed atop the bundle and served as a reminder of the human body within the many layers of wrapped cloth.
- Currently Off View
- Mummy Mask
- Made 200 BCE–100 BCE
- Cotton, plain weave with bundles of extended warps; painted
- 20.8 × 20.6 cm (8 3/16 × 8 1/8 in.) (without extended warps)
- Simeon B. Williams Fund