A LIFE-SIZE SICAN LAMBAYEQUE COPPER FUNERARY MASK WITH HANGING NOSE ORNAMENT AND HANGING DANGLINGS
SICAN LAMBAYEQUE CULTURE
CIRCA 1000 TO 1200 A.D.
Middle Sicán Period.
Circa 1000 - 1200 A.D.
Circa 36,5 cm width.
Circa 21,0 cm height.
Circa 3,0 cm depth.
Circa 324,0 gram.
The state of preservation is excellent. Surface presents a beautiful green patina, with traces of corrosion and hard sediment deposits.
Private Collection of Mr. Michael J. Vaupel, Miami, Florida USA. Acquired in 2000 to 20 august 2013.
Formerly in the Private Collection of Mr. Gloria Lisset Reyes Garcia, Miami, Florida USA. Acquired in the 1960`s - 1970`s to 2000.
Ex. Private Florida Collection. Acquired circa 1960`s.
Private South American Collection of Mr. Razeto. Acquired in the 1950`s to 1960`s.
Acquired before 1950.
A life-size Sican Funerary Copper Mask, dating back to 1000 to 1200 A.D. This wonderful copper Sican mask has belonged ones to a high priest or deceased ruler from the Sican / Lambayeque culture in Norther Peru. Sican masks meant to protect the deceased in the afterlife and was put into the grave on top or around the upper-part of the body. This mask has characteristic almond-shaped eyes and upturned applied with rounded pupils, pointed nose with places on top of the mask, narrow straight mouth, all executed by repousse technique.
The ovoid eyes terminating in a point are characteristically Lambayeque in style, and may represent a being known as the Sicán Deity. According to Izumi Shimada and colleagues, an individual interred with such a mask would have been thought to take on aspects of the Sicán Deity’s power, and would have been transformed into venerated ancestors upon death. Clearly visible and so typical for the Sican masks, are the hanging nose ornament with hanging dangles and with round dangles hanging on the ears.
Masks made of hammered sheet metal have been found in tombs of both men and women in the Lambayeque region, near the modern city of Chiclayo. Such masks are lacking perforations or openings that would have allowed mortals to see or breathe, and were most likely used exclusively to cover the faces of deceased individuals of high status. In one tomb from Batán Grande, a major center of the Lambayeque culture (also known as Sicán), one mask was found over the face of a mummy, and four others were placed at the foot of the deceased. Although such masks may have only been worn by the dead, danglers attached to the mask would have conveyed a sense of movement, perhaps life, as the mummy bundle was processed to its final resting place deep within a monumental platform mound. Almost all danglers below the nose and on the right ear on this mask survive, although at one time many more were present at he left ear, as indicated by the pairs of perforations on the ears and ear ornaments.
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- Pre-Columbian Copper Sican Life-size Lambayeque Copper Funerary Mask, Circa 1000 - 1200 AD
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- Good condition, used with some signs of wear