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Nazca Pectoral


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Nazca Pectoral

Worn by the elite of Nazca society over 1500 years ago

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Nazca Pectoral

Southern Peru

200 - 600 A.D

Width 36 cm Height 29 cm (14.25 x 11.5 in)

The pectoral is made from small shaped pieces of orange spondylus shell with a woven cotton backing.

The pectoral would have been a high status symbol and something made only for the elite of Nazca society whether civil, political or religious.

In Pre-Hispanic Peru textiles were very important in society. From ancient times the people had access to good raw materials; cotton and the wool of lamas and alpacas in a variety of colours. This was also the time before currency in the form of money had been introduced so beautifully made textiles became the preferred objects for barter, gifts and as offerings.


Galerie Merrin, New York 1986.

Collection Barbier-Mueller, Geneva Inv. No. 532-40


Arte pre-colombiana da colecçao Barbier-Mueller, 1995 pl.105

Ritual Arts of the New World: Pre-Columbian America 2000 cat.107 p.342

La Collection Barbier-Mueller, Art Précolombien Vol. II p.140 fig.284


Lisbon, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Arte pré-colombiana da colecçao Barbier-Mueller 23 March - 4 June 1995


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