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Earflare

Date:
9th–11th century
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Sicán (Lambayeque)
Medium:
Gold, turquoise
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Gift and Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1966, 1977
Accession Number:
66.196.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
The religious-funerary precinct of Batan Grande, the presumed center of the Sican kingdom, comprised many stepped pyramids and temples built on platforms. Archaeologists recently excavated a temple platform, Huaca Loro, where, almost forty feet below the ground, they found the tomb of a mighty Sican lord laid to rest with all the trappings of his power and wealth. His face was covered by a sheet-gold mask painted with bright red cinnabar. It had earspools with filigree work similar to these attached to its "ears."
[John Wise Ltd., New York, by 1962]; Alice K. Bache, New York, 1962–1977 (partial gift from1966)

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