Large Sicán Gold Head Beaker ca. A.D. 900-1100
Acquired from the above by the present owner's family in 1966
The beakers were made with skillful knowledge of hammering and annealing large sheets of metal, requiring huge ingots to be beaten and formed into the beaker shape with repeated cooling in water and reheating. The powerful image of the Sicán lord’s facial details were worked from the interior outward, and finer details chased for further refinement. The back of each head shows the style of coiffure which was of great importance in ancient Peru. Here the thick strands are weighted and decorated with individual discs. See Jones (1985: cats. nos. 69 and 71) for the head beakers in the Jan Mitchell Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.