funeral rites

Funeral rites play a privileged, not to mention primordial role in man’s relationship with what is sacred. 

Through their rich ceremonies they underline the point to which death is present and accepted in non-western societies where the deceased, who will become ancestors, are an integral part of life.

This close relationship between the living and the dead very often passes through a vast exchange system that is symbolic, spiritual and physical all at once and manifests itself through offerings and is embodied in the moulded sculpture, a sign of durability and object of memory.


  • Ceremonial Sculpture

    Ceremonial Sculpture

  • Ancestral Skull

  • Headdress Mask

  • Reliquaire zoomorphe (poisson), crâne

    Zoomorphic (fish) Reliquary, Skull

  • Funeral Effigy

  • Funeral Mannequin

  • Mourner's Mask

  • Funeral Ceremony

  • Bronze Funeral Drum

  • Funeral Statue

  • Anthropomorphic Statues

  • Anthropomorphic Mask

  • Reliquary Guardian Statuette

  • Skull Representation

  • Anthropomorphic Funeral Post

  • Female Figure

  • Funeral Bag

  • Pedestal Bowl, With Zoomorphic Decoration

  • Bowl

  • Funeral Mask

  • Funeral Urn

Funeral Bag

Funeral Bag

Fardo, Peru, Central Coast, Chancay Culture, 1100-1450 A.D., Human Hair,, Cotton, Camel's Hair Wool, Wood, Bone, Donated by Léon de Cessac, 71.1878.54.83

The funeral fardo covers a body that has been positioned in a fetal pose, and which is wrapped in cloths of varying thickness. It is decorated with a funerary head and bags which contain coca leaves, in particular. This pre-Hispanic Andes costume, which was abandoned after the Conquest, shows the care taken with the deceased's bodies as it appeared in a variety of forms thoughout America.