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Vulture Headdress Inlay

Vulture Headdress Inlay

100-1 BC

Gold and semi-precious stones

Overall: 3 x 2.8 cm (1 3/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1920.1991

Fun Fact

When creating this headdress, artisans used numerous semiprecious stones with inset partitions to keep them separate. To ensure that the stones would stay in place, a resin-like material was used as an adhesive.

Description

The vulture headdress was worn by goddesses and queens. This inlay in the form of a vulture headdress has more than 100 stones: lapis lazuli (dark blue), turquoise (light blue), petrified wood (red), and an unidentified white stone painstakingly cut to shape and separated by thin plates of gold. Body, wing, and tail feathers are carefully distinguished in minute detail.

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