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Pre-Colombian America
Ecuador / Peru - Incas (AD 1200 - 1532)


Object :
Nº 273
Medium :
Dimensions :
Height: 40 cm (15.7’’)

Ceremonial mirror in finely engraved wood depicting a Chimù dignitary. This character is characterised by a headdress composed of a band with geometric patterns from which unfolds a carving of a half moon adorned with two small monkeys symbolizing power. The mirror itself is missing on the back of the piece, only the square indentation where it was placed is present. The shape of this object is reminiscent of the figure of Naymlap, the legendary founder of the Lambayeque dynasty or Lord of Sipan, an Indian term meaning « home of the moon ». Very good state of preservation.

The Chimù culture of the Pacific coast of Northern Peru succeeded the Mochica culture circa 1200. They also conquered the Lambayeque valley in the 13th century. The capital of the Chimù kingdom was Chan Chan, the largest pre-Colombian clay city that stretched approximately 20 km. The Chimù attributed the creation of man to four stars, the principal divinity was the moon, which they acknowledged for influencing the tides as well as its role as a temporal marker. Between the years 1460-1480, the Chimù people were conquered by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui.