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    Pair of Gold and Silver Earspools
    Sicán
    A.D. 700 - 1100
    Gold, silver-sheathed incised ear tubes
    (A) Diameter 2 1/8 in.
    (B) Diameter 2 1/8 in.

    Comprising in all two gold repoussé disks and two silver tubular bars with incised designs, it is uncertain from surviving corrosion patterns whether or not the units were originally integral. The gold disks, one of which has a large splotch of cuprous corrosion adhering to the figure's torso, depict standing regal figures wearing large crescent-shaped headdresses and holding cups. They wear ear ornaments and tunics with zigzag borders. Closely-set lines radiate outward along the arcs of their headdresses. Outside a raised rim, a row of bead-forms with outwardly dependent elements borders the whole. The silver tubes have several rows of repoussé geometric designs bordering each end. Both silver pieces have considerable corrosion and an end piece is missing from one. A few further small corrosion spots are on the gold disks.

    Provenance
    Splendors of the World, Haiku, Hawaii



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    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
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