Loin cloth fragment

ChimĂș people buried their elite with large quantities of textiles. The discoloured areas on this loin cloth are a result of contact with a decomposing body. The central figure wears a crescent headdress that evokes the moon, the principal ChimĂș deity. The moon was considered mightier than the sun because it appeared in both the daytime and nighttime sky.

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Which objects would you choose to carry with you into the afterlife?

responded: Jun 28, 2010

Posted by anne freeman

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A grey mohair dressing gown that originally belonged to my husband who wore it almost continurously for the 6 months before he died. Whenever I feel particularly lonely and miss him I put it on and something about the fabric gives me comfort.

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