Moche sheet golden nose ornament.
Crescent shaped centre with four mythical animals.
Size:13,5 x 8 cm
Material: Sheet Gold
Period: c. 300 - 600 AD
Nose ornaments made of precious metals were worn by the elite in Peru beginning in the middle of the first millennium B.C.; they remained in fashion for over a thousand years, until about 700 A.D. Among the Moche people of the north coast, they were an essential part of royal costume.