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Gold mask from the Lord of Sipan's tomb. Sipan is 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. He was buried with jewels, emblems and ornaments, which were intended to accompany the Lord of Sipan on his journey to the afterlife. This exhibit is on display at the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, Peru.
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