Mouth Mask

Mouth Mask

100 BC-AD 700

Hammered gold alloy

Overall: 14 x 19.4 cm (5 1/2 x 7 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.377

Description

Nasca figures, like one on a bowl nearby, are shown wearing such forehead ornaments and mouth masks similar to these. The mouth mask hung from the nasal septum, the oval opening surrounding the mouth and the bristles positioned as feline whiskers, here transformed to serpents. Both were cut from sheet gold; details were worked freehand while the sheet rested on a soft surface.

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

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