Ornament with Figure

Ornament with Figure

600-1000

Shell, stone, and metal (silver?)

Overall: 6.6 x 3.6 cm (2 5/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen 1944.291

Description

Affixed to a section of white shell is the image of a Wari dignitary, assembled of carefully carved mosaic elements. The purple and pink shapes are made of shell, while the green is serpentine. The spots on the figure's tunic are probably pyrite, which was originally smooth and reflective.

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