Bird Pin or Spatula


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The bird at the top of this spatula is worked in a style found in the art of Tiwanaku, an influential city-state of the second half of the first millennium A.D. in the highland basin of Lake Titicaca in modern Bolivia. the "pin" may have been used to hold clothing in place or perhaps as a lime spatula. The ritual use of coca leaves, to which powdered lime is added with a spoon or spatula, has been a tradition in Andean South America for thousands of years.

Bird Pin or Spatula, Gold, Tiwanaku

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