DescriptionLot of Five Gold Foil Maskettes and a Chavin Serpent
Chavin and Moche
C. 500 BC-600 AD
1" Wide to 4" Long
A wonderful assemblage of six different high karat foil sheet gold objects. These are all thinly hammered sheets impressed with designs and could have served as ornamentation on clothing, as facial covers for pottery votive dolls, or offerings purely for burial. The lot includes a long Chavin serpent with a bird effigy, this, having circles and volutes, and is deeply worked to show it was impressed into a carving, probably a bone with the design already carved. The example retains ancient cinnabar in crevices. Three smaller masks include a Moche owl face and two human faces, each appearing to have been pressed onto an existing mold and two larger examples, one having a Moche face with scarification, and the other a very wrinkled example with a human face.
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