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Creepy pre-Incan masked idols found in Peru


Posted on Monday, 29 October, 2018 | Comment icon 4 comments

The statues look decidedly creepy. Image Credit: YouTube / Ministerio de Cultura La Libertad
The unnerving statues, which date back 800 years, were unearthed in the ruins of the ancient city of Chan Chan.
Displayed within special alcoves in the side of a passageway, each of the nineteen idols is approximately 70cm tall and represents a different 'guardian' in Peru's Chimu culture.

Made primarily out of wood, the figures are each adorned with a mask made from beige clay.

"We assume they are guardians," said archaeologist Henry Gayoso Rullier.

"They could belong to the middle stage of Chan Chan, between 1100 and 1300 CE, and we would be talking about the oldest sculptures known on this site."

On the outside of the passageway, an impressive mud relief mural was also found complete with intricate depictions of waves, seascapes, fishing nets, scrolls and religious symbols.

A documentary with footage of the idols, as well as of the ruins themselves, can be viewed below.


Source: Science Alert | Comments (4)

Tags: Chan Chan, Idols, Statues

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DanL on 29 October, 2018, 18:50
Creepy?? Unnerving?? Not really. They are just ugly...but cool nonetheless.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 29 October, 2018, 19:44
Creepy? Well, that's a relative term. I think they look cool. Would love to have them flanking my entry hall. PS: Thanks, archaeologists, for not calling them "ritual objects", ie: your all too common go-to term for things you don't understand. "We assume they are guardians" sounds cooler, and still expresses confusion with a stated and acknowledged lack of understanding.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Amanda Evans on 29 October, 2018, 21:51
Nighttime. You hear an unusual noise... You open the front door and one of those statues s standing there!! Still..silent. With those blank holes for eyes looking at you in the moon light.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DanL on 31 October, 2018, 23:41
The thing you have to understand when you are looking at the religious icon of another faith is that you see the icon while they see the meaning. Think of what a crucifix with Jesus nailed bleeding to the cross would look like to someone that knew nothing of the christian faith.


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