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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Disc (with mask) made of gold.

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 101 millimetres
    • Depth: 44 millimetres
  • 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.


  • Bibliography

    • McEwan 2009 pp. 100-101 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
    2015- 3 Dec - 27 Mar 2016, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea, The Human Image

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  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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