Figurine Plaque

Figurine Plaque

c. 300 BC-AD 200

Hammered and embossed gold-copper alloy

Overall: 6.8 x 4.2 cm (2 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1940.512

Description

This small metal ornament represents a human figure wearing a cap, a tunic decorated with bird images, and a necklace of orange-pink spondylus shell sections. Such necklaces are found in Paracas mummy bundles, and are frequently represented in Paracas embroidered images. Spondylus shell does not grow in the cold water off the coast of Peru, and had to be imported hundreds of miles from what is now Ecuador. Virtually all ancient Peruvian cultures treasured spondylus shell for its color and rarity, and as a symbol of fertility.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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