Headdress Ornament. Date: 1st-7th century; Geography: Colombia; Culture: Calima (Yotoco); Medium: Gold; Dimensions: H. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm);

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Headdress Ornament. Date: 1st-7th century; Geography: Colombia; Culture: Calima (Yotoco); Medium: Gold; Dimensions: H. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); Classification: Metal-Ornaments; Credit Line: Gift and Bequest of Alice K. Bache, 1966, 1977 / MET Museum NYC; Five lateral rays project out from either side of this gold Calima headdress ornament, surrounding central crescent-shaped projections located both above and below a central face rendered in high relief. When worn, the lower central crescent-shaped element would have covered the wearer's forehead and nose. The rays may have been designed to emulate the plumage of an elaborate feather headdress with their slightly curved forms with three notched triangular elements and linear designs. Every other ray has a series of dangling pendants attached by small gold wires, increasing in number from six to eight to ten, successively from top to bottom, with three pendants missing from the bottom ray on the right. When the wearer moved, these pendants would have swayed back and forth, producing a tinkling sound. This combination of sound and motion would have animated the piece in a dramatic fashion. The