Mummy

peruvian mummified male

c. 1200 – 1400

This preserved mummy, a member of the Chimu culture that flourished from around 1100 until it was absorbed into the Inca civilisation in the late 1400s, is from the north coast of Peru.

On burial, the body would have been seated in an upright position, with the head on its knees. The body was interred with personal possessions, ritual objects and food offerings, revealing a strong belief in a continuing existence after death.

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2 responses to “Mummy

  1. Fascinating stuff. Do you have any more information or images of this mummy?

  2. hi, this mummy comes from the Wellcome Museam in London – http://nicholasspyer.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/shrunken-heads-trepanned-skulls-tattoos-and-tortue-in-euston/ really worth a visit if you get the chance to visit.

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