False head

Entre 800 et 900

Musée des Confluences

Musée des Confluences
Lyon, France

Rituals, related to the preparation of a fardo and its burial, helped smooth the way for the deceased to gain ancestor status. In this new role, he watched over his loved ones and ensured that nature provided them with enough to survive. He was given food offerings and objects from his daily life to accompany him on his journey.

These false heads, in fabric, terracotta or wood, were placed on top of the fardo so that it retained a human appearance.


  • Title: False head
  • Date Created: Entre 800 et 900
  • Location: Peru (Central Coast)
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 11 cm; L: 25 cm; D: 22 cm
  • Subject Keywords: archaeology, funerary rite, ritual, death, ancestor
  • Rights: Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France) © Olivier Garcin
  • External Link: Learn more at the museum website

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