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22K Gold Sheath Covered Bone, Ecuador, C500BC-500AD

22K Gold Sheath Covered Bone, Ecuador, C500BC-500AD

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000: Item # 866616

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This is a very unusual artifact. It is bone that has been covered with 22K hammered gold. It is 8" long. It is either a pectoral or perhaps a nose ornament. The bone is broken near the center, but is completely covered by the gold. It is from La Tolita, Ecuador C500BC-500AD. This piece was found with a gold death mask in a tomb. It was found lying next to the mask and was part of the mask. The two were separated. The mask sold for $75,000. It is from the Ken Klassen collection, Bogota.