Funerary bundle of the Señora de Cao

The funerary bundle of the Señora de Cao, headdress ornament and six nose ornaments, found in what is now the El Brujo Archaeological Complex, c. 400 C.E., Moche (Museo Cao, Magdalena de Cao, Peru)

Additional resources:

An introduction to Moche culture

The Royal tombs of Sipán

Check out the El Brujo Archaeological Complex

Exhibition objects from Golden Kingdoms, including Moche works

Read more about Moche iconography from Dumbarton Oaks

Read more about Moche ceramics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas, ed. Joanne Pillsbury, Kim Richter, and Timothy Potts (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017).

Walter Alva and Christopher B. Donnan, Royal Tombs of Sipán (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum, 1993)

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Cite this page as: Dr. Sarahh Scher and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Funerary bundle of the Señora de Cao," in Smarthistory, April 21, 2021, accessed May 24, 2024,