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Staff Head

Staff Head

400-1000

Cast gold

Overall: 7.5 x 3 x 7.5 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen 1947.25

Description

These finials probably fit over the ends of wooden staffs, emblems of rank. Unique to the Sinú area are finials with an image, often a bird, at a right angle to the base. This orientation suggests that the finials served as the finger grips of ceremonial spear throwers.

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