Peru, North Highlands, Chavín de Huantar(?), Chavín Style (1000-200 BC) / Nose ornament / c. 500-200 BCPeru, North Highlands, Chavín de Huantar(?), Chavín Style (1000-200 BC)
Nose ornament
c. 500-200 BC

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, North Highlands, Chavín de Huantar(?), Chavín Style (1000-200 BC)
Title: Nose ornament
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -50
Creation End Date: -20
Creation Date: c. 500-200 BC
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: cut and hammered gold
Dimensions: Overall: 3.2cm x 9.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.181
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tishman
Provenance: Juan Dalmau, Peru; Joseph Brummer; Dr. Vladimir G. Simkhovitch

There seems a link between Chavín religion and appearance of the Andes' first large, precious metal objects. Chavín perhaps introduced revolutionary innovations in metalworking to express the "wholly other" nature of its religion. Elites wore the ornaments as emblems of their ties to this religion and were eventually buried with them. These objects may come from the same group as two now in Washington, D.C.

Nose ornaments hung from the nasal septum over the upper lip. Two carry serpent heads typical of the Chavín style. The third has an interlace pattern, made of a single piece of twisted wire, also found in the nearby necklace.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.181
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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