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This is a larger than life false head. These false heads were used to identify important dignitaries, as a mark of their status and protection in their afterlife.  Skillfully carved in relief with a high degree emphasizing on naturalism. Painted with red cinnabar which is associated with death and afterlife. Remnants of white crushed shell paste to both eyes. Solid and intact - Near choice condition. Chancay culture, ca. 900 - 1470 AD. Central Coast Peru. Face measures 12” in height.

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Chancay False Head Mask - Large
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5,850. USD