This is a Pre-Columbian MOCHICA Ear FLARE from Peru, 250 - 800 A.D. It measures about 7/8" X 7/8" X 1 1/8" ( 2.2 cm X 2.2 cm X 2.9 cm ). The Mochica Culture was located between the valleys of Lambayeque and Huarmey, in the North Coast of Peru. Mochicas were a theocratic civilization. They achieved high development in ceramics, usually portraying religious and mythological scenes and events from everyday life such as combats, erotic encounters, funerals, human sacrifices. Mochica ceramics were considered to be of very high quality and the only one comparable to Greek pottery. The Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna were two impressive adobe structures left by the Mochicas. Mochicas were also very successful in Agriculture. They used guano to keep their crops rich and fertile for raising corn, peanut, beans, fruits, potato, pumpkin. Fishing was an important activity; they used Caballitos de Totora as a means of transportation in the water. Mochicas excelled in textillery and metallurgic art.