There are hundreds, no, thousands of masks and statues and other expressions of human faces in the Chilean and Peruvian museums, of great variety and artistic value.
I do have a fascination with masks, and the Chilean and Peruvian museums didn’t disappoint in this. Of course the ancient copper, silver and gold funerary masks are the most well-known, spectacular in their detail and decoration. Yet some of them distinguish themselves through their simplicity, just a few lines, or bends in the metal, that produce a face. And then there are the solid stone masks, and those carved our of stone. And the remarkably well-preserved wooden statues and masks, some still supporting vivid colours, despite their 1000s of years age.
Had I been rich and rapacious, like the early collectors, I would have collected them all for my own private museum. In the event, I have collected some pictures of them, which I happily share.