Sican Gold Figural Pendant
A Pre-Columbian Sican gold pendant in the form of a janiform Sican lord of avian form with free hanging pendants, one side with recessed areas that once held stone inlays which are surrounded by beaded borders.
Middle Sican, Peru.
Sican culture, also referred to as Lambayeque culture, succeeded Moche culture on the north coast of Peru. They had a highly developed pottery and metalwork industry. They were conquered by the Inca shortly before the Spanish arrival.
Confer: J. Jones, ed., The Art of PreColumbian Gold: the Jan Mitchell Collection, (Boston), P. 216, fig. 68.
Formerly in the collection of Jacob and Marian Javits, New York; acquired from Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York.