Peru, South Coast, Paracas, 3rd-2nd Century BC / Headdress Ornament / c. 300 BC-AD 200Peru, South Coast, Paracas, 3rd-2nd Century BC
Headdress Ornament
c. 300 BC-AD 200

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Creator Nationality: South American; Peruvian
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, South Coast, Paracas, 3rd-2nd Century BC
Title: Headdress Ornament
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -30
Creation End Date: 200
Creation Date: c. 300 BC-AD 200
Creation Place: South Coast, Paracas
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: hammered and embossed gold-copper alloy
Dimensions: Overall: 6.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1938.432
Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
Context: Gold ornaments have been discovered among the innermost wrappings of Paracas mummy-bundles, and were probably personal possessions of the deceased. The embossed image in the center of each ornament is a deity face, characterized by protruding eyes and a grinning, toothy mouth. Snakelike appendages emanate from the face. Figures embroidered on Paracas garments are frequently depicted with similarly shaped ornaments, either worn above the forehead or brandished in one hand.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1938.432
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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