Funeral mask with pectoral of octopus

Funeral mask with pectoral of octopus

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Credit: PASQUALE SORRENTINO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Funeral mask with pectoral of octopus. This mask adjoins an impressive pectoral of copper, golden copper and silver, forming octopus tentacles. It is from the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, located in the northern part of Peru, in the middle of the Lambayeque valley, 35 kilometres east of Chiclayo. The Lord of Sipan reigned around 250 AD, invested with triple authority: military, religious and civil, and died at about 40 years of age. The famous tomb of the Lord of Sipan is the most important recent discovery of the Moche Culture as it had remained entirely undisturbed until its discovery in 1987 by Walter Alva. This exhibit is on display at the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, Peru.

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