Moche peoples / Pair of earflares / 3rd-7th centuryMoche peoples
Pair of earflares
3rd-7th century

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Moche; Chimu
Creator Name-CRT: Moche peoples
Title: Pair of earflares
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Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 699
Creation Date: 3rd-7th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Metalwork, Ornament
Materials and Techniques: Gold, turquoise, sodalite, shell
Dimensions: Diam. 3 3/16 in. (8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 66.196.40-.41
Credit Line: Gift and Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1966, 1977

Large circular ear ornaments were popular personal adornments of prominent ancient Peruvian lords and a symbol of their status and wealth. The weight of the frontal, which could reach widths of more than four inches, was counterbalanced by a long tubular shaft that went through the distended hole in the earlobe. Particularly impressive are those earflares with colorful mosaics. On this pair, bird-headed (or masked) winged runners, worked in turquoise, sodalite, and spondylus shell, hold bags in their outstretched hands. Their eyes and beaks are sheathed in gold. They may be depictions of mythological messengers.

AMICA ID: MMA_.66.196.40-.41
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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