Disc (with mask) made of gold.
- Excavated/Findspot: Peru
- (Americas,South America,Peru)
- Height: 101 millimetres
- Depth: 44 millimetres
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.
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ESA8186
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