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Dance Wand

Date:
1st–2nd century
Geography:
Peru
Culture:
Nasca
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 13 7/8 x W. 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.831
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Compared to the northern Peruvian coast, where large quantities of gold objects were found in lavish elite burials of the Moche period, contemporary southern coast tombs have yielded rare and modest gold finds. Among the few southern ornaments are objects with thick rigid stems at the bottom, which suggests they were held, pehaps in ritual dances. They may also have been fastened in the turbanlike headdresses of important individuals.
Gabriella Passamonti, Lima, Peru, until 1958, through Doretta Cattarini; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1958, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1958–1978

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