Golden nose ornament from the Moche culture. These type were worn by dignitary, during ceremonies.
Showing Deity god with his tropy heads. Inlaid eyes. Cut,hammered,embossed gold, with traces of cinibar.
Size: 14 x 9 cm
Period: 100 500 AD, Peru
Material: Gold and inlaid eyes of shell.
Provenance: U.S.A. Collection 1970's
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The Moche, who flourished on the North Coast of Peru from 200–850 A.D., created some of the most sophisticated metal body adornments ever discovered in the ancient Americas. This nose ornament, fashioned from hammered sheet, demonstrates the skill and ingenuity exercised by Moche artists.