Chimu Gold Mask
A Pre-Columbian large sheet gold Chimu funerary mask with gold foil nose rings, green stone beaded eyes, and cinnabar paint on the surface.
Middle Sican, Peru.
The Chimu culture succeeded Moche culture on the north coast of Peru. Their capital was the city of Chan Chan. They had a highly developed pottery and metalwork industry. They were conquered by the Inca shortly before the Spanish arrival.
Confer: J. Jones, ed., The Art of PreColumbian Gold: the Jan Mitchell Collection, (Boston), P. 66, fig. 4; Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 1974.271.35.
Formerly in the collection of Professor Daniel Rifkin, 1960's.