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  • Peru
  • necklace, 1700s–1800s
  • Where object was made: Porcon, Peru
  • metal, engraving
  • Object Length/Width: 51 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 20 1/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Julian Holtzman
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4544

The necklace has a long chain and a large pendant at the bottom. The chain is made of large oval shaped links. In the center of the pendant is a human figure that is wearing a headdress with a headband with three projections extending from the top. The figure has long hair that drapes over the proper right shoulder. The figure is wearing a knee length robe or tunic that has a sash at the waist and goes over the proper right shoulder. In the figure's left hand is a staff that has two projections off of the side and a small circle in the center. Below the figure's feet is a five pointed star that has lines dividing the star into ssections. On the facing left side is a sun with rays engraved out from the center and with a human face engraved in the center. On the facing right side is a crescent moon shape and the points of the crescent touch, creating a full circle. The moon also is engraved with a human face. On the far facing right side is a large bird in high relief. The bird has two large wings at its side, a small crest at the top of the head and a large half-circle of tail feathers at the back. At the bottom of the pendant there are nine chains attached through holes and each chain has a small pendant. From left to right the pendants appear to be a flower, a bird, a stawberry or other fruit, a spoon, possibly a fish, a four-legged animal with long ears, an unidentified shape, a cross-like shape, and a boot with a heel. The back is undecorated.