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ANCIENT MODS UPDATE, 4/8/12 - In Context

I am fond of this first image as a rare display of a full suite of golden ornaments around a body figure. I was lucky enough to travel to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the heart of the Incan Empire, and can only imagine how absolutely breathtaking these displays would have been in the high andean mountain ranges in glaring summer sun.

Note that the large discs near the head are tapered earspools, much like those seen in the second image, whose shafts are embossed with geometric patterning. The collection of figures in high relief are not solid cast objects, but are hammered up from thin sheets of gold.

Image #1: Parure
Culture - Chimu
Date - 850-1470 c.e.
Period - Late Intermediate Period
Region - Coastal Peru
Materials - Gold
Repository - Museo Arquelogico Rafael Larco Herrera. Lima, Peru.

Image #2: Pair of Ear Plugs
Culture - Chimu
Date - 12th - 15th Century
Period - Pre-Columbian
Region - Peru
Materials - Gold
Dimensions - 13.5 cm
Repository - Private Collection.

Tags: body modification Ancient Mods Update south america inca precolumbian art ear spools peru ear plugs stretched ears plugs gauges gold chimu machu picchu body mods modification culture
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