Moche Gold Tree Snail Pendant

 

Moche Gold Tree Snail Pendant

Pre-Columbian Moche gold pendant in the form of a tree snail, made in two parts with the bottom expertly soldered to the spiral cone-shaped shell with suspension holes. The bottom is decorated with the snail's foot exposed inside the shell. There are copper beads inside the shell that make a sound when worn.

Peru, Moche, Loma Negra, North Coast.
Ca. 100 - 400 AD.
Height: 2 in. (5 cm.).
Intact.

Moche civilization was centered in northern Peru where it flourished from 100 to 800 AD. Moche society was agricultural, with a great deal of effort expended on impressive irrigation works and massive public architecture. The Moche are particularly noted for their achievements in art, especially their elaborately painted ceramics, which depicted a wide variety of motifs and scenes from daily life with great skill.

Illustrated: Jos? Antonio Lavalle, "Oro del Antiguo Peru," lam. 183.

Formerly in a South American collection.

Inv#: 7669

$35,000

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