• Culture/People:

    probably Lambayeque (archaeological culture) (attributed)

  • Object name:

    Ear ornament

  • Date created:

    AD 750-1375

  • Place:

    Chan Chan; Trujillo Province; La Libertad Region; Peru

  • Media/Materials:


  • Techniques:

    Hammered, repoussé, punched, folded

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Probably excavated between 1922 and 1927 by amateur archaeologist Major Otto Holstein (1883-1934, U.S. Army, employed by the Northern Peru Mining and Smelting Company and president of the Trujillo Archaeological Society); purchased by MAI in 1927.

  • Dimensions:

    5 cm

  • Catalog number:



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