"Mummy bundle" head or "false head", c. 1000 - 1400 ADClick here to view a larger version of the image
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"Mummy bundle" head or "false head", c. 1000 - 1400 AD
Peru, Central Coast, Chancay
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Hans Marcus (1912-1992), Düsseldorf, Germany||
H: 21.3 inch;
B: 14 inch
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
A fine "mummy bundle false head" made from tightly woven cotton sack and camelid fibers (alpaca or llama), with hammered and cut sheets made from a copper - silver alloy sewn to the cloth as the visage.
When used, the pillow case would have been stuffed with fiber (straw, raw cotton) to create volume and fastened as a "false head" to the top of a mummy bundle ("fardo").
Chancay mummies were tightly wrapped in a seated position with yards and yards of cloth, creating drum- to cylinder-shaped "mummy bundles".
"False heads" can also be carved from wood or hammered and chased from metal, such as gold, silver and copper.