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.
The human heads on these pins have slightly different hairstyles and one has facial decoration. Ornaments may have once dangled from their pierced noses.