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Large hollow bead of hammered gold, with small pellets inside to produce a rattling sound. One side is embossed with the representation of a supernatural being, perhaps the so-called Decapitator. Serpents sprout from his shoulders and waist. The reverse side is divided into 8 sectors,...

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Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, by 1970; to MFA, December 1970, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Moche, A.D. 50–800

Object Place

North Coast, Peru


Height x width: 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. (6.7 x 3.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants