Mummy Bundle "Mask"

Mummy Bundle "Mask"

200 BC-1

Warp-faced cloth, painted: cotton

Overall: 71 x 29.2 cm (27 15/16 x 11 1/2 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1940.518

Description

The Paracas people of Peru's South Coast buried their dead in pear-shaped mummy bundles made of a seated human body carefully wrapped in garments and other textiles. Sometimes a painted cloth was placed at the top of the bundle, as though it served as the bundle's face, head, or "mask." 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. Some cloths were painted with mask-like faces, and others with full figures, apparently mythical creatures.

See also
Collection: 
T - Pre-Columbian
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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