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Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Ear ornament

250 B.C.–A.D. 300

Bone

1 1/4 in (3.1 cm.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
1959.55.5
Manufacture of ear spools required sandwiching the perforated disc between two shallow rings. The disc was held in place with plaster, and the outer wall was inlaid with curved strips of bone to create a smooth, concave surface.
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Mexico, Maya or Valley of Mexico
Period: 
Late Formative Period to Early Classic Period
Classification: 
Jewelry
Bibliography: 

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 153, 319, no. 335, fig. 181.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.