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Funerary Attire

This is a headdress with a solid gold pectoral, or breastplate, crafted by the Chimú. It was most likely worn by a person of elite status buried at Chan Chan, the Chimú capital. The ear spools feature a Chimú deity, and the gold plates on the crown symbolize birds and the sun. The epaulettes, or shoulder pieces, show the Chimú lord holding trophy heads.
This is a headdress with a solid gold pectoral, or breastplate, crafted by the Chimú. It was most likely worn by a person of elite status buried at Chan Chan, the Chimú capital. The ear spools feature a Chimú deity, and the gold plates on the crown symbolize birds and the sun. The epaulettes, or shoulder pieces, show the Chimú lord holding trophy heads.

Text Source: National Geographic
Photograph by:
  • Kenneth Garrett/National Geographic Creative