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PAIR OF HUARI WOOD AND SHELL EAR ORNAMENTS
CA. A.D. 600-1000
Each with cylindrical shaft terminating in a warrior's head richly inlaid with spondylus and mussel shell and green stone, distinguished by the toothy grin, large staring eyes with 'tear paths' running down the cheeks and surmounted by a tall, rectangular headdress decorated with geometric patterns.
During late Moche times, the Huari culture began to develop. The Huari capital was to the south of Moche territory, in the central highlands of Peru. Over a three-century span, from the time that the Moche culture fell apart, the Huari established themselves as a dominant power and vigorously interacted with their neighbors in far-flung areas of the Andes, from the cultures of in the highlands such as Tiahuanaco to the Nazca on the central and south coast of Peru. Thus Huari aesthetics combined various artistic techniques and iconography.
The faces represented here on the ornaments are probably images of the Central Deity of the Tiahuanaco.