Nov 11, 2011
Nov 11, 2011

Ear Spool

Ear Spool

c. 400–900

Hammered gold

Diameter: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.); Overall: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)

Roberta Holden Bole Fund 1958.192


Harvard archaeologists excavated these 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
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Hammered gold

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