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Gold diadem

British Museum

British Museum

This diadem was discovered in 1824 in the valley of the Camaná river of Peru. It would have been attached to a mummy. A large face motif appears in the centre with three smaller ones at the end of the arms. Lines beneath the eyes represent tears and snake-patterns on either side refer to flowing water. The face is probably that of a rain-god whose water was believed to sustain life and civilization.

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Details

  • Title: Gold diadem
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: Am,+.7819
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Peru
  • Other information: Cultural rights may apply.
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Schwartz, F M

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