Pair of Ear Flare Frontals

Pair of Ear Flare Frontals

Chimú style (900-1470)

Part of a set. See all set records

Hammered gold alloy

Diameter: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Overall: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

James Albert Ford Memorial Fund 1938.429

Description

These gold discs, each with the image of a richly dressed Chimú lord, originally were attached to the fronts of ear ornaments equipped with long, thick shafts that passed through the ear lobes. Such ornaments were important markers of wealth and elite status.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Andes
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry

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