The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 23, 2024



c. 500–200 BCE
(?), Chavín style (900-200 BCE)
Overall: 12.5 x 13.8 cm (4 15/16 x 5 7/16 in.)
Location: 232 Andean

Did You Know?

Hammered gold ornaments have been produced in the Andes since 1500 BCE.


These plaques showing a powerful Chavín deity may come from a group of gold objects found in a lavish tomb in the 1920s. One is shaped as the deity’s fanged head, its fur transformed into sixteen serpents that edge the plaque. On the other, the deity’s visually elusive body also appears: the clawed hands over the chest may clutch a horizontal staff, an emblem of authority; across the waist is a belt that sprouts serpents; and beneath are the legs and feet, which stand atop fanged masks.
  • ?-1938
    Baron Walram von Schoeler, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Twenty-five Centuries of Peruvian Art, 700B.C. - 1800 A.D., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (October 4 - November 5, 1961).
    25 Centuries of Peruvian Art. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA (co-organizer) (October 3-November 3, 1961).
    Ancient Art of the Andes, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (January 26 - March 26,1954).
    Art of the Americas. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 9, 1945-January 6, 1946).
    The Ancient Art of the North American Continent, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (January, 1944).
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