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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am1904,1031.1

  • Description

    Disc (with mask) made of gold.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Curator's comments

    B&M Extracts Register, 1903-1921, p.20. Object marked "1904,10-13.1" in error. (3/1990).McEwan 2009
    This hammered gold disk is likely to have been used as a pendant ear ornament. At the centre is the embossed head of a Manteño lord himself wearing ear ornaments and with a tri-lobed cap bearing a repeated motif of concentric circles.
    Around the circumference runs a border of smaller panels enclosing either a bat with curling snout and outstreched wings or the head of another creature with pairs of curling volutes. Both allude to the hidden powers of the night-time realm and the underworld.

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  • Bibliography

    • McEwan 2009 pp. 100-101 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1904

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am1904,1031.1


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