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Chimú Idol

Room 3, Vitrine 27

Peruvian Northern Coast
Imperial Epoch (1300 AD – 1532 AD)

A wooden sculpture representing a high dignitary from the Chimú culture wearing a funerary mask and holding a ceremonial vessel.

Sculptures like this decorated the main patios of Chimú citadels. In this way a kind of stage design was created within which these figures continued to preside over society’s principal ceremonies.