Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of earrings
  • Peru
  • pair of earrings, 1700s–1800s
  • Where object was made: Porcon, Cajamarca department, Peru
  • metal, engraving
  • Object Height/Width: 7 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 2 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4543.a,b

The pair of earrings is made from a silver colored metal. The top of each earring is an upside down "U" shape filled with a filigree style design and with holes that go all the way through. Attached below that on a metal loop is a wide pendant that has a raised depiction of a bird in flight. Behind the bird the pendant is engraved with lines and dots. Attached at the bottom of the larger pendant through small holes are five smaller attachments that are elongated shapes with four holes punched all the way through and with horizontal lines and either chevron shapes or half circles engraved above and below the holes. The backs are undecorated. At the top there is a tension clip for attaching to the ear.