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.