c. 300 BCE–100 CE
Location: not on view
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Tumbaga is an alloy made by blending gold with copper, which may give the gold a rosy hue.


With its grinning mouth and long, protruding tongue, the face embossed on this fragmentary ornament resembles linear images painted on mummy masks and woven on doublecloth tunics and mantles. Both painted mummy masks and doublecloth garments are most often found in the Ica Valley, a short distance south of the Paracas Peninsula. The ornament's original function is uncertain.


c. 300 BCE–100 CE

Peru, South Coast, Ica Valley?, Paracas, c. 300 BC-AD 100

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