A Moche-Chimu Silver Sheet Bird Pendant ca. 750 - 1000 CE
Regular price$1,750 USD
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Masterfully crafted from sheet silver, the small bird pendant features a head with a triangular beak and pronounced eyes, wings tucked and extending behind the body, outstretched feet with talons, and wedge-shaped tail, a small suspension loop with remnants of ancient cord between the wings. The body of the bird is formed from two separate sheets soldered together that open at the tail, cleverly forming a small pair of tweezers. In ancient Peru, tweezers were often cast into elaborate forms such as shells, human figures, animals, and birds as symbols of status and power.
Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Custom mounted.
Provenance: Joel Malter private collection, assembled in the 1980s, thereafter a private Canadian collection, acquired from the trade in 2007.
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