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Nose Ornament

Artist:
Quimbaya (?)
Date:
10th–16th century
Geography:
Colombia, Rio Cauca region
Culture:
Quimbaya (?)
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/8 x W. 1 5/8 in. (10.5 x 4.1cm)
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.499
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
This ornament is probably from the middle Cauca River valley, where the classic Quimbaya culture flourished prior to the tenth century. This culture is renowned for expertly cast, hollow gold objects made from wax models. These objects, often containers in the form of human figures, display a high degree of realism, elegance, and technical perfection (see the lime container in this gallery). After the classic period the use of sheet gold increased and ornaments became simpler.
[John Wise Ltd., New York, before 1957]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1957, on loan to the Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1957–1978.

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