c. 300 BC-AD 200
Hammered and embossed gold-copper alloy
Overall: 5.2 x 4.6 cm (2 1/16 x 1 13/16 in.)
The Norweb Collection 1940.511
Tumbaga is an alloy made by blending gold with copper, which may give the gold a rosy hue.
A similar star-shaped metal ornament is present on a human-hair wig from a mummy excavated at the Paracas Necropolis site. The wig has tresses wrapped with colored yarns, and a long headband wrapped many times around the head. The star-shaped ornament is attached to the headband, and a circular metal ornament is attached to the braid.
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