- Museum number
Nose-ornament in the shape of a stylised human face made of tumbaga by hammering and cutting. It is composed of several sheet pieces joined by wire staples; the surface is gold enriched. Given its large size, it would have functioned almost as a mask covering a good part of the wearer's face.
- Production date
Height: 10 centimetres
Width: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Vila llonch 2013
Hammered gold sheets could be shaped into a variety of objects including body ornaments [...]. Sometimes sheets were assembled to form larger, more complex pieces. Here sheets of gold have been joined with small loops to create an articulated nose ornament, which would have partially covered the face and jingled and moved with its wearer.
- On display (G24/dc7)
- Exhibition history
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
2013 Oct 17 - 2014 Mar 23. BM, 'Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia'
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1892C2.5802 (old CDMS no.)