The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Ear ornaments with wide decorated frontals were fashionable on Peru's northern coast from Moche times on. During the ensuing Chimu era, the decoration on the frontals became complex and detailed. This example shows a frontal human figure in a central medallion; the two birds above its head stand on a serpent bar. The spiky motifs between the birds depict spondylus shells; this marine bivale was of great ritual importance in the ancient Andes.
Mirko Sors, Montevideo, Uruguay, until 1958; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1958, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1958–1978