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
The American Federation of Arts. Primitive Art Masterworks: an exhibition jointly organized by the Museum of Primitive Art and the American Federation of Arts, New York. New York: The American Federation of Arts, 1974, no. 38.
Jones, Julie, and Heidi King. "Gold of the Americas." The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 59, no. 4 (Spring 2002), p. 30.