200 BCE–1 CE
Plain warp-faced cloth, painted
Overall: 71.7 x 20.9 cm (28 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)
The Norweb Collection 1940.517
These masks fall into two categories, those with only a face and those with a full-bodied figure.
This mummy bundle was likely found on mummy bundles made of a seated human body carefully wrapped in textiles. In some instances, the Paracas people placed a painted cloth like these at the top of the bundle. The cloth was padded on the back so it curved outward like a face, and the tress-like yarns (unwoven warps) at the upper edge were arranged around a solid cotton disk that, in turn, was wrapped with a headband. The cloths, then, seem to have functioned as the bundle’s face or mask.
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