This fascinating and mysteriously designed, repoussee-decorated Pre-Columbian gold nose ornament (WSG-1) was found in the Ayabaca region of northern Peru in the mid-20th century. Purchased by its current owner in 1964 at the former Stolper Galleries located in Manhattan, New York City, it has remained in the buyer's collection as a treasured example of the ancient goldsmith's art. Testing at @ 20K gold, it was made on thin, very flexible hammered sheet gold that exhibits supporting evidence of its centuries of burial through a half dozen small nicks and cracks in its body and along its edges. Although it came without specific cultural assignment, it is believed to be Moche in origin dating c.0-800AD and was almost certainly worn by a shaman or tribal leader. This unique and mystical ornament could probably be adapted for wear with the addition of a bezel and sufficient backing to protect it from damage. Presented in a small glass-framed Riker-style mount, it comes with our certificate of authenticity and a map of Peru highlighting the site of Ayabaca within the Moche area. Ask any question by referring to the inventory number WSG-1 or the Trocadero Item Number shown in the upper left portion of this page. NOTE: if you would like to view a large number of our various listings, and at the same time limit your browsing time, try our ‘TWELVE different items on a single page format’ by simply spelling out the word TWELVE in the search box. That will quickly bring up all of our listings that have twelve different items on a page, each individually priced! And if you want to further refine the group, add one or two additional modifiers at the same time such as ‘Indian, Precolumbian, Stone, Pot, Gold, etc.’ Any item that has been sold will be so noted on its photograph.