Exceptional Nazca Ensemble Silver Ornaments for Queen:
Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 200 to 400 CE. An astounding collection of silver adornments, including a crown, earspools, and pectoral, with a vibrant feather and fiber fan; all fit for a queen or lady of elite power and wealth! The crown is a comprised of a silver band with openwork motifs of birds with dozens of dangling discs suspended from the top and bottom peripheries. The earspools are large cylindrical plugs with bird finials protruding from the center of the rondels. The pectoral is comprised of ten separate, openwork discs that represent the moon. The blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna) may have supplied the feathers for the fan; each is attached to the handle by short cords tied to the quills, and woven vegetal and wool fibers form the handle. Colorful feathers were prized materials in Andean cultures and used by the elite for clothing and ornaments. Avian motifs and the use of feathers were symbolic in Andean cultures, for birds were sacred animals that could fly between worlds and were messengers for the gods. All is displayed in a museum quality acrylic case that demonstrates how these beautiful pieces would be worn. Size of fan: 10″ L x 9″ W (25.4 cm x 22.9 cm); pectoral: 9″ L x 2.5″ W (22.9 cm x 6.4 cm); silver quality: 53%; earspools: 2″ L x 1″ Diameter (5.1 cm x 2.5 cm); silver quality: 96% to 97.3%; crown: 2″ W (5.1 cm) silver quality: 89% to 91%; size of case: 15″ L x 13″ W x 31″ H (38.1 cm x 33 cm x 78.7 cm)
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Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hirsch collection, Germany, 1950 to 1960s
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Missing a couple dangling discs on crown. Minor nicks and tearing to peripheries of pectoral. Pectoral discs are not attached together. Earrings have small nicks to peripheries. Age commensurate wear and patina on all silver pieces. Fraying and losses to tips of feathers. One feather is bent and hanging downwards. Displayed in a museum quality case. Cannot be taken out to weigh silver pieces.