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Gold diadem


Length: 23.000 cm
Width: 25.000 cm

Christy Collection

AOA Ethno (+) 7819

Enlightenment: Religion

    Gold diadem

    Camaná valley, Peru, 1st century AD

    This diadem was discovered in 1824 in the valley of the Camaná river of Peru. It would have been attached to a mummy. A large face motif appears in the centre with three smaller ones at the end of the arms. Lines beneath the eyes represent tears and snake-patterns on either side refer to flowing water. The face is probably that of a rain-god whose water was believed to sustain life and civilization.


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