Aug 18, 2010
Aug 18, 2010

Nose Ornament

Nose Ornament

c. 500–200 BC

Hammered and cut gold

Overall: 2 x 6.8 cm (13/16 x 2 11/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tishman 1958.182



There seems to be a link between Chavín religion and appearance of the Andes’ first large precious-metal objects, made using revolutionary new metallurgical processes. Chavín may have developed these technical innovations to express the inexpressible, the "wholly other" nature of its religion. In many areas, elite men and women wore the ornaments as emblems of their ties to this religion, and eventually were buried with them. These 16 objects, along with three others not in the museum’s collection, are said to have come as a group from Chavín itself.

See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
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