Nose ring

Nose ring in gold leaf decorated with spheres embossed in relief. The piece is flat and almost ovoid in form. In the upper central area there is a circular opening with two fine pointed endings so that the piece can be inserted in the nostrils and held in place against the nasal septum.

It dwelt between 100 BC and 400 AD in the northern Pacific coastal region of Peru, in the lower reaches of the Piura River. The name given to the culture is derived from the location of the administrative centre on a specific hill, the “Cerro Vicús”.

They knew how to alloy silver, gold and copper, and used these metals to make agricultural tools. While the most characteristic feature of this culture is its pottery, this people developed a wide variety of techniques for the production of artefacts.

Agriculture was the basis of their economy. They developed sophisticated irrigation schemes which led to a system of social control. Fierce military organisation sustained their power. A large contingent of noble warriors oversaw their dominions to ensure that the orders of the governing elite were obeyed. It is known that the Vicús was an extremely patriarchal society, to say the least. The only people permitted to wear jewellery and elegant robes were the males of this society.

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