Sep 30, 2011




Carved and polished marble

Overall: 12.8 x 14 cm (5 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

James Albert and Mary Gardiner Ford Memorial Fund 1991.164



In the center of this plaque is a frontal human figure, wearing a cross-hatched shirt; a geometrically patterned robe; and a tall, conical helmet. He is flanked by spotted felines with long, curling tails, positioned above fields of patterning. The plaque belongs to a group of about ten closely similar pieces that constitutes the artistic high point of metallurgy in the southern Andes.

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