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Mummy Mask

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

Date:

200/100 B.C.

Artist:

Paracas
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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Culture

Paracas

Title

Mummy Mask

Origin

Peru

Date

Made 200 BCE–100 BCE

Medium

Cotton, plain weave with bundles of extended warps; painted

Dimensions

20.8 × 20.6 cm (8 3/16 × 8 1/8 in.) (without extended warps)

Credit Line

Simeon B. Williams Fund

Reference Number

1957.77

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