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Nose Ornament

Date:
7th–12th century
Geography:
Colombia
Culture:
Piartal
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/4 x W. 7 1/4 in. (5.7 x 18.4 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.1356
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Prior to the tenth century the people in southwestern Colombia lived in complex hierarchical societies. Rich burial remains in numerous status tombs indicate that the political and religious elites used the goldworking arts to underline and perpetuate their power and privilege. After about A.D. 1000, new cultural influences, probably from Amazonia, spread throughout the area, dramatically changing earlier metalworking traditions.
[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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