Staff Head

400–1000 CE
Overall: 6.7 x 3 x 8.2 cm (2 5/8 x 1 3/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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These finials probably fit over the ends of wooden staffs, emblems of rank. Unique to the Sinú area are finials with an image, often a bird, at a right angle to the base. This orientation suggests that the finials served as the finger grips of ceremonial spear throwers.
Staff Head

Staff Head

400–1000 CE

Colombia, Sinú style


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