A total of 451 gold, silver, copper, textile, and feather objects were buried with the Lord of Sipán, including banners of gilded metal, made of small square metal plaques sewn onto a thick cotton cloth. Each of the banners had a central figure with outstretched arms, also composed of metal plaques. Several pectorals composed of hundreds of shell beads were recovered from the grave, as were three pairs of ear ornaments, necklaces, and a gold and silver scepter. An enormous crescent headdress ornament made of a single large sheet of gold with a plume of feathers was buried with the Lord, as were two backflaps, trapezoidal sheets of beaten gold that warriors wore attached to the back of their costumes.
This image is a reconstruction of the tomb, in place for visitors to Sipán.
Alva, Walter. 2001 The Royal tombs of Sipán: Art and Power in Moche Society. pp. 223-245 in Pillsbury, Joanne (ed), Moche Art and Archaeology in Ancient Peru. Yale University Press, New Haven.
Alva, Walter and Christopher B. Donnan. 1993. Royal Tombs of Sipan. Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles.