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Ceramic beads from Peru circa 1970  Posted by Thomas Stricker

Ceramic beads from Peru circa 1970 Posted by Thomas Stricker

Crome Diopsite Necklace with Chavin Gold Monkey Plaque. North Coast, Peru. 500 BC

Crome Diopsite Necklace with Chavin Gold Monkey Plaque. North Coast, Peru. 500 BC

Early Intermediate, Mochica  Bead in the form of a human face, 100 B.C.–A.D. 100  Gold and bone  h. 3.4 cm., w. 2.9 cm., d. 2.8 cm. (1 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in.)  Place made: North coast, Peru

Early Intermediate, Mochica Bead in the form of a human face, 100 B.C.–A.D. 100 Gold and bone h. 3.4 cm., w. 2.9 cm., d. 2.8 cm. (1 5/16 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in.) Place made: North coast, Peru

MOCHE culture North coast 100 – 800 AD  Necklace 100-800 AD gold, opal, quartz, emerald

MOCHE culture North coast 100 – 800 AD Necklace 100-800 AD gold, opal, quartz, emerald

Peru ~ North Coast | Pectoral; spondylus shell  | Moche culture | 100 - 800 AD

Peru ~ North Coast | Pectoral; spondylus shell | Moche culture | 100 - 800 AD

| Necklace MOCHE culture North coast 100 – 800 AD gold  80.0 (h) cm Museo Oro del Perú, Lima

| Necklace MOCHE culture North coast 100 – 800 AD gold 80.0 (h) cm Museo Oro del Perú, Lima

NAZCA culture South coast 100 – 700 AD Plume 100-700 AD feathers and vegetable fibre The green plume, possibly a fan or crown ornament, is made from the glorious three-toned tail feathers of the Amazon parrot.  These colours occur naturally, while that of the yellow and pink-orange plume: was obtained by ‘tapirage’.Parrots, macaws and ducks were probably domesticated, as their bones and mummified bodies have been found in archaeological excavations. Most prized of all was the Scarlet Macaw.

NAZCA culture South coast 100 – 700 AD Plume 100-700 AD feathers and vegetable fibre The green plume, possibly a fan or crown ornament, is made from the glorious three-toned tail feathers of the Amazon parrot. These colours occur naturally, while that of the yellow and pink-orange plume: was obtained by ‘tapirage’.Parrots, macaws and ducks were probably domesticated, as their bones and mummified bodies have been found in archaeological excavations. Most prized of all was the Scarlet Macaw.

Peru | Pectoral; Conch shell and chrysocolla (aka Peruvian turquoise) | Cupisnique culture.  North coast | 1000 - 2000 BC

Peru | Pectoral; Conch shell and chrysocolla (aka Peruvian turquoise) | Cupisnique culture. North coast | 1000 - 2000 BC

NAZCA culture South coast 100 – 700 AD Plume 100-700 AD feathers and vegetable fibre Birds represent the upper world, the heavens, since the sky is their domain. Brilliant feathers from parrots were used for cloaks, headdresses and decorations for the Peruvian elite. Yellow plumes—coveted because the colour stood for the sun, gold and the gods— were created by tapirage: plucking a live bird and rubbing its skin with toad secretions and plant dye. The new feathers grew out yellow and soft…

NAZCA culture South coast 100 – 700 AD Plume 100-700 AD feathers and vegetable fibre Birds represent the upper world, the heavens, since the sky is their domain. Brilliant feathers from parrots were used for cloaks, headdresses and decorations for the Peruvian elite. Yellow plumes—coveted because the colour stood for the sun, gold and the gods— were created by tapirage: plucking a live bird and rubbing its skin with toad secretions and plant dye. The new feathers grew out yellow and soft…

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