Oculate Being Mask

300 BCE–1 CE (thermoluminescence date, 835 BC–185 CE)
Overall: 23.6 x 22.5 x 13.2 cm (9 5/16 x 8 7/8 x 5 3/16 in.)
Location: 232 Andean
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This rare mask incarnates a supernatural being who may have been the patron of an early fertility cult on Peru’s south coast. Its traits insinuate power, especially the stuck-out tongue and the serpents that slither over the face to form a halo-like corona. Unexplained are the shape of the nose and the small figure wearing a similar mask. The mask could have served as the face of a mummy bundle or an object; the projecting eyes might rule out use by a living performer.
Oculate Being Mask

Oculate Being Mask

300 BCE–1 CE (thermoluminescence date, 835 BC–185 CE)

Peru, South Coast, Paracas (Cavernas) style (700 BCE–1 CE)

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