National Geographic : 2014 Jun
Queen Cross section Nobles Guardians Throne Height of existing structure Hypothetical reconstruction Burial Fit for a Queen Dying around age 60, this prominent Wari noblewoman went to her grave with wealth and in splendor. Attendants arranged her body in the seated position favored by the Wari, dressed her in a finely woven tunic and shawl, and adorned her with precious jewels. Then they wrapped her in layers of cloth to create a mummy bundle. The queen was buried with six pairs of ear ornaments, some of gold. Copper-alloy tupu pin Silver bowl White stone kero Bedrock Geometric tattoos To prepare her for burial, attendants painted her face with sacred red pigment. The queen’s body was wrapped in cloth, a striped blanket, and a wide net of knotted cords. The outermost layer was a simple blanket. Richly decorated boxes of cut cane held prized posses- sions such as gold ear flares and weav- ing spindles, metal knives, and obsidian. Surrounding the queen were ceramic flasks, jars, and cups—the finest of any found in the tomb. FERNANDO G. BAPTISTA AND DANIELA SANTAMARINA, NGM STAFF; AMANDA HOBBS SOURCE: MIŁOSZ GIERSZ, UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW ARTIST’S RENDERING BASED ON CONSULTATION WITH EXPERTS.