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Nose Ring

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The ring nose is a lost wax hollow casting. The casting is made of a gold alloy containing a fair amount of copper, tumbaga. The surface was acid etched to remove copper and make it appear more gold, a technique called depletion gilding. Etched dendritic patterns are visible in the better preserved areas of the surface. The surface was grimy and was gently cleaned prior to installation in the Ancient Americas gold exhibition (opened May 9, 2015).

Date Description Narrative
4/16/2015TreatmentMinor cleaning for exhibition
  • Gold of the Ancient Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2015.
Provenance Tiffany & Co.; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910 (from Tiffany & Co.)

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before 1500
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H: 1 5/16 × W: 1 7/16 × D: 3/8 in. (3.3 × 3.6 × 1 cm)
  • Panama (Place of Origin)
  • Colombia (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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