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Ear Ornament Depicting a Warrior


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Three pairs of ear ornaments were found in the Lord of Sipán’s tomb, near his head. Examples from two of the pairs are on view here. One depicts a warrior with a crescent headdress flanked by two figures in profile. The warrior is nearly three-dimensional, and his regalia—including the war club, shield, and nose ornament—largely matches that of the buried lord. The deer ornament may have emphasized the Lord of Sipán’s military role, as the capture of deer was considered analogous to the capture of warriors.

Se encontraron tres pares de orejeras cerca de la cabeza del Señor de Sipán. Aquí se pueden observar dos ejemplares. En las orejeras frontales está representado un guerrero con un tocado en forma de media luna y con dos figuras de perfil en ambos lados. El guerrero es casi tridimensional, y su indumentaria (el escudo, la porra y la nariguera) corresponde perfectamente a la del individuo enterrado. El ornamento con venado también puede haber enfatizado el rol militar del Señor de Sipán, ya que la captura de venados era considerada equivalente a la captura de guerreros.

Ear Ornament Depicting a Warrior, Gold, turquoise, wood, Moche

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