Aug 31, 2011
Aug 31, 2011

Headdress Ornament

Headdress Ornament

c. 300 BC-AD 200

Hammered and embossed gold-copper alloy

Overall: 5.2 x 4.6 cm (2 1/16 x 1 13/16 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1940.511


Did you know?

Tumbaga is an alloy made by blending gold with copper, which may give the gold a rosy hue.


A similar star-shaped metal ornament is present on a human-hair wig from a mummy excavated at the Paracas Necropolis site. The wig has tresses wrapped with colored yarns, and a long headband wrapped many times around the head. The star-shaped ornament is attached to the headband, and a circular metal ornament is attached to the braid.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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