Moche Monkey Head

From the press release:
History Museum to Return Peruvian Artifact

New Mexico History Museum

Obtained by the Palace of the Governors in 1996, this Peruvian artifact was described in the catalog for the exhibition Art of Ancient America as a “large bead finely modeled in the form of a monkey’s head. Turquoise and shell eyes, lapis nose and open mouth with traces of turquoise on (the) tongue.” The pendant measures 1¾” high by 2¼” wide and has a ball tucked inside of it that rattles when moved.

Photo courtesy of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

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