Ear flap from Lord of Sipan's tomb. It is composed of small gilded sheets that have been reinforced and welded and decorated with turquoise. Sipan is located in north-western Peru, in the Lambayeque valley. The Lord of Sipan reigned around 250 CE, invested with triple authority: military, religious and civil, and died at about 40 years of age. The tomb of the Lord of Sipan is the most important recent discovery of the Moche Culture as it had remained entirely undisturbed until its discovery in 1987 by Walter Alva. The Lord of Sipan was buried with jewels, emblems and ornaments, which were intended to accompany him on his journey to the afterlife. Photographed at the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, Lambayeque, Peru.
May 8th, 2022
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