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Ear Spool

Ear Spool

c. 400-900

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Hammered gold

Diameter: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.); Overall: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Roberta Holden Bole Fund 1958.191.a

Description

Harvard archaeologists excavated this and seven other ornaments from several burials at Sitio Conte, a cemetery famous for its lavish graves of powerful chieftains. The young man buried in Grave 26 was such a chief. His status was stunningly memorialized by 21 human companions and 475 objects, many of them personal ornaments made of gold, including a large chest plaque and a rod-shaped ear ornament.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Hammered gold

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