Peru, South Coast, Nasca style (100 BC-AD 700) / Mouth Mask / 100 BC-AD 700Peru, South Coast, Nasca style (100 BC-AD 700)
Mouth Mask
100 BC-AD 700

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, South Coast, Nasca style (100 BC-AD 700)
Title: Mouth Mask
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -10
Creation End Date: 700
Creation Date: 100 BC-AD 700
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: hammered gold alloy
Dimensions: Overall: 14cm x 19.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1945.377
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund

Nasca figures, like one on a bowl nearby, are shown wearing such forehead ornaments and masks. The mask hung from the nasal septum, the oval surrounding the mouth and the bristles positioned as feline whiskers, though transformed to serpents. Both were cut from sheet gold; details were worked freehand while the sheet rested on a soft surface (repoussé).

AMICA ID: CMA_.1945.377
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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