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Room 3, Vitrine 23

Peruvian Northern Coast
Fusion Epoch (800 AD – 1300 AD)
ML020189, ML031745, ML031749, ML031751, ML031754.

In Lambayeque pottery there is a continuation of the sculptural tradition of the north. The double spout and bridge handle forms of the vessels come from the southern pottery tradition.

These ceramics feature a figure with wing-shaped eyes, pointed ears with large ear plugs and a half-moon headdress. This individual would have been conceived as a representation of the mythical heroic founder of the ruling dynasty, known as Naylamp, who was deified. He appears accompanied by other lesser figures.

The great lords of the kingdom of Lambayeque were buried wearing metal masks in the likeness of this deity.