PreColumbian and Indian Artifacts by HDEnterprises

Shell Inlaid Wood Ear Plugs, Moche, Peru

Shell Inlaid Wood Ear Plugs, Moche, Peru

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Handiwork: Pre 1492: Item # 726389

Please refer to our stock # LFG.442 when inquiring.
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$1350.00 (was $1500.00 after previous 25% discount!)

This incredibly well preserved set of Pre-Columbian wood ear plugs (LFG442), on which the geometrically decorated shell and dark greenstone elements are each held in place with an almost invisible touch of contemporary glue, is attributed to the Moche horizon of Peru, c.100-800AD. Not wearable today due to the fragile nature of the wood that has dried and shrunk through the many centuries of entombment, there are certainly few other such pairs that have survived this well. Measuring one inch from top to bottom, and ¾” across the platform on which the discs rest, the pair is from the collection of an anthropologist and former primitive arts collector who has permitted us to handle a number of the last items from his important and varied collection. In overall good but delicate condition, it was necessary to glue a strip of wood along one of the ear plug stems where it had broken away from a particularly weak area. A unique addition to a collection of ancient body adornment or one emphasizing perishable materials, the ear plug set comes with a small display card, a biographical sketch about the owner, a map of Peru highlighting the area in which the Moche ruled, and our certificate guaranteeing authenticity. Select or ask any question by referring either to the Trocadero Item Number at the top of this page, or to our Inventory Number shown at the beginning of this paragraph in brackets. NOTE: if you would like to view a large number of our various listings, and at the same time limit your browsing, 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.