Peru, South Coast, Nasca / Mosaic Ornament / c. 1-350Peru, South Coast, Nasca
Mosaic Ornament
c. 1-350

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Nazca
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, South Coast, Nasca
Title: Mosaic Ornament
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 350
Creation Date: c. 1-350
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: shell, turquoise, gold
Dimensions: Overall: 7.5cm x 7.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1950.567
Credit Line: In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen
Style or Period: Peru, South Coast, Nasca
Context: This ornament is made of a spondylus shell, from which the exterior surface has been carved away to reveal a layer of bright orange. The pampas cat inlaid on the surface in multicolored shell and stone has bean-shaped spots on his body, and grasps a gold gourd or fruit. In both Paracas and Nasca art, the small, non-domesticated pampas cat is strongly associated with beans and other crops. Perhaps it was thought to guard the fields from rodents and other pests.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1950.567
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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