Peru, North Coast, Chongoyape(?), Chavín style (1000-200 BC) / Plaque / c. 500-200 BCPeru, North Coast, Chongoyape(?), Chavín style (1000-200 BC)
c. 500-200 BC

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Chavin
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, North Coast, Chongoyape(?), Chavín style (1000-200 BC)
Title: Plaque
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -50
Creation End Date: -20
Creation Date: c. 500-200 BC
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: hammered and cut gold
Dimensions: Overall: 12.5cm x 13.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1938.431
Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
Style or Period: Peru, North Coast, Chongoyape(?), Chavín style (1000-200 BC)

These spectacular plaques, both showing a Chavín fanged deity of unclear identity, may belong to a horde of gold objects found on the North Coast in the 1920s. One is shaped as the deity's head, its hair (or fur) transformed into serpents. On the other, the full figure appears: each clawed foot stands on a fanged mask; under the chin rest the clawed hands; and serpents writhe from the body.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1938.431
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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