An exceptional Chancay funerary doll with false head. Finely made and unrivaled in
size. Composed of wrapped reed, sticks and vegetal fibers. Head is a wooden plank
painted red, eyes are diamond shaped in white with a separated attached nose in brown.
Wears a yarn wig woven textile headdress embroidered with spiritual serpents. Gauze
tunic and textile apron garment. Holds a textile bag with both hands, containing
a large string ball. Measures 20"/50.80 cm in length. Extremely Rare. Chancay valley
of central Peru. Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D.
Ex. Hunt Fine Arts, NYC.
The majority of these dolls have been found in graves. Presumably not intended as
toys but, to serve the dead.