Golden Moche nose ornament


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This open-work gold nose ornament depicts a deity holding two staffs, facing fiers creatures on both sides.

Worn, this nose ornament would have covered much of the wearer’s mouth: perhaps the powerful imagery was thought to imbue the wearer’s speech with great strength.

Price: € 2.500,--

Size: 12,5 x 10 cm

Origin: Peru, Moche, Loma Negra

Period: 600-700AD

Provenance: U.S.A. Collection 1970's

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  • The Moche (also known as the Mochicas) flourished on Peru’s North Coast from 200-850 A.D., centuries before the rise of the Incas. Over the course of some six centuries, the Moche built thriving regional centers from the Nepeña River Valley in the south to perhaps as far north as the Piura River, near the modern border with Ecuador, developing coastal deserts into rich farmlands and drawing upon the abundant maritime resources of the Pacific Ocean’s Humboldt Current. Although the precise nature of Moche political organization is a subject of debate, these centers shared unifying cultural traits such as religious practices (Donnan, 2010).

    This object was said to have been from the burial site of Loma Negra, which was one of the most northern outposts of Moche culture. Loma Negra works in metal share similar iconography with ceramics and metalwork found at Moche sites father to the south, such as Ucupe (Bourget, 2014). The exact relationship between the Loma Negra and the Moche "heartland" remains a subject of debate, however (Kaulicke, 2006).