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Nose Ornament

Date:
7th–12th century
Geography:
Colombia
Culture:
Piartal
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 2 x W. 4 3/8 in. (5.1 x 11.1cm)
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.1355
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Two distinct Precolumbian gold-working styles existed, apparently contemporaneously, in the highlands of the modern department of Narino in southern Colombia. Once is called Capuli, the other Piartal, named for the people who have inhabited the area since the eighth century. While Capuli-style goldwork shares many technological and formal features with other metalworkng traditions in the southwest, Piartal works are not related to any other styles.
[Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, until 1972]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1972, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1972–1978

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