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Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 CE, Village of Chancay,                Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin  ...
Pre-Columbian Chancay Mummy Mask, 1000-1470 ce, Village of Chancay, Central Coast, Peru. Carved wood, hair, black resin pupils and cinnabar pigment with a finely woven Alpaca head band having intertwined birds or animal head motifs with wonderful saturated dyes including purple, green, yellow and red. In excellent condition, museum quality. The Chancay were a pre-Columbian archeological civilization which developed between the valleys of Fortaleza, Pativilca, Supe, Huaura, Chancay, Chillón, Rimac and Lurin, on the central coast of Peru, from about ce 1000 to 1470. Not much is known about the Chancay civilization which developed in the later part of the Inca empire. This culture emerged after the fall of the Wari civilization. Parts of the southern Chancay area were conquered by the Chimú in the early fifteenth century and in about 1450 a.d. the Incas were occupying both areas. The wood carvings done by the Chancay are characterized by their simplicity, sobriety and use of shapes from nature. Human heads carved in wood were used to crown the mummies of important dignitaries, as a mark of their status as deity or mythical ancestor, which they acquired after death. The human images in wood could also be indicators of political power. These masks have also been mostly found in the tombs of the Chancay nobility.
price:  $1,500.00