The perfectly preserved wooden sculpture was found at the Chan Chan archaeological site in Peru, in the framework of a “recovery” project of the Huaca Takaynamo complex.
The statue has a height of 47 cm and dates to 900-1470 AD. It has a flat, oval cut face, almond-shaped eyes and circular ears. It wears a cap with a trapezoidal cut at the narrow top. It has as decoration of seven vertical bands of alternating light and dark colors.
The Chan Chan archaeological complex is located in the district of La Esperanza in Trujillo.
Along with the sculpture, nectandra seeds have been recovered, which probably belonged to a necklace. Archaeologists associate this find to ritual human sacrifices in the Chimú culture, reinforcing the “ceremonial function” of Huaca Takyanamo.