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Mummy Mask

A work made of cotton, plain weave with bundles of extended warps; painted.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave with bundles of extended warps; painted.


200/100 B.C.


South coast, Peru

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.


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Mummy Mask


Peru (Object made in)

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Made 200 BCE–100 BCE


Cotton, plain weave with bundles of extended warps; painted


Without extended warps: 20.8 × 20.7 cm (8 3/16 × 8 1/8 in.)

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Simeon B. Williams Fund

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