c. 300 BC-AD 200
Hammered and embossed gold-copper alloy
Overall: 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1938.432
Gold ornaments have been discovered among the innermost wrappings of Paracas mummy-bundles, and were probably personal possessions of the deceased. The embossed image in the center of each ornament is a deity face, characterized by protruding eyes and a grinning, toothy mouth. Snakelike appendages emanate from the face. Figures embroidered on Paracas garments are frequently depicted with similarly shaped ornaments, either worn above the forehead or brandished in one hand.
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