22: A Sican / Lambayeque Gold Mask
Pre-Columbian, Lambayeque – Sican Culture, North Coast Peru, ca. 800-1000 CE. Gold gilded ceremonial mask having almond-shaped eyes with protruding dangler representing tears, nose in high-relief with danglers underneath and on ear décor. A wonderful miniature mask with great patinated gold color! Custom museum-quality stand. Mask itself measures 4"H x 6-1/2"W.
Interesting note about Pre-Columbian Gold... Alloy containing gold, silver, copper, etc was melted and then the copper etc etched away with a urine or plant acid so only the gold remained, which was then burnished. This technique was invented by the Pre-Columbian people, as they could not refine gold too well / separate one metal from the next.....only when they found gold nuggets in rivers was the gold 90% pure."
Provenance: Ex-private Los Angeles, CA Collection purchased at Ron Messick Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
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