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ARTEMIS GALLERY Nazca / Wari High Karat Gold Arm Band

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Seller: artemisgallery (681) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381629259293 Nazca / Wari High Karat Gold Arm Band Pre-Columbian, Peru, Nazca/Wari, ca. 0 to 1000 CE. This is a paper-thin hammered gold sheet with holes along either side to insert string or thin strips of leather to attach it to the arm. In Ancient Peru, as today, gold meant power: emperors wore it, but commoners were not even allowed to own it. Nazca/Wari gold extraction techniques are still practiced today in the village of Nazca, where ore is processed by standing atop a wooden platform secured to huge boulder and rocking back and forth above a large vat filled with water, mercury, and increasing amounts of broken ore. As the ore is ground more finely, the lesser-quality gold is attracted to the mercury and settles, allowing it to be separated from the higher quality metal (there are videos online of people doing this -- well worth a view!). A very similar piece to this one is held by the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology. Size: 3" W x 6.85" H (7.6 cm x 17.4 cm) #112655 Condition: Creases and a few minor tears, nice reddish brown patina Provenance: Ex Boston, MA collection acquired before 1975 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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