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Hammered gold alloy
Diameter: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); Overall: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1947.180.2
North Coast ear ornaments typically have a long shaft that balanced the weight of the glorious frontal. This pair illustrates Chimú interest in the sea, which had great economic and religious importance. On the shafts are bands of seabirds and waves, and a similar pattern edges the frontals, which were altered in modern times. Originally solid disks, the frontals' centers were cut out and a dotted band was added to the rim.
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