In Precolumbian times this nose ornament was probably viewed as an abbreviated version of an animal mask, most likely feline. The graceful outward projections bring to mind feline whiskers. The long central section would have obscured the mouth of the wearer, hiding this "human" feature. An indigenous repair--a staplelike strap--occurs on one of the lower projections.
(Lempertz Auction Gallery, Cologne, Germany, December 14–15, 1966, no. 1807); Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired by 1969, until 1991
Jones, Julie. The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, no. 48, pp. 178-179.
Artist: Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen) Date: ca. 1870–95Medium: Baroque pearl mounted with enameled gold set with pearls, emeralds and rubies and with pendent pearlsAccession: 1982.60.382On view in:Gallery 542