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Pre-Columbian Zenú Gold Nose Piece
- This intriguing gold nose ornament is an extraordinary piece of rare Pre-Columbian jewelry.
- It was crafted by the Zenú, an Amerindian tribe from the Caribbean Coast of Colombia
- Made from hammered sheet gold, it is crafted in an elegant, sculptural design
- This item was almost certainly worn by a person of immense political power and wealth
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This object is part of the group of Zenú metalwork defined as “narigueras con prolongaciones horizontales" or "nose ornaments with horizontal extensions.” While much of Zenú people’s precious gold was cast using the lost wax method to create hollow objects, this extraordinary nose ornament is crafted from solid hammered gold. Zenú nose ornaments such as these are highly rare and very similar examples that showcase the hollow lost-wax method are held in the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Pre-Columbian Zenú lived in the river valleys and along the Caribbean Coast of Colombia from around 200 to 1600 AD. They were most renowned for their elaborate irrigation and waterwork systems, their exquisite gold work, and the political significance of women. In the 16th-century, Spaniards came to the area, lured by the magnificence of the Zenú's ceremonial burial gold.
10 1/4" length