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Textile Ornament

Date:
1st–2nd century
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Nasca
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam. 3 3/4 to 4 5/8 in.
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.756
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Like other Precolumbian American peoples, the ancient Peruvians panned most of their gold from placer deposits in the coastal rivers. They worked the gold into sheet and used it to fashion a variety of ornaments. These star-shaped objects were cut from the sheet and decorated with samll repousse faces on the projections. The ornaments were probably sewn onto clothing.
Gabriella Passamonti, Lima, Peru, until 1958, through Doretta Cattarini; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1958, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, 1958–1978

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