Sicán/Lambayeque Gold Atlatl ca. A.D. 800-1400
Acquired from the above by the present owner's family in 1968
This atlatl is covered by a continuous gold sheet finely repoussé with repeat zoomorphic motifs forming a diagonal spiral, and carefully secured by small nails. The repetitive design of the encircling motif is an effective visual strategy frequently used in Sicán/Lambayeque art. The large-eyed creature with projecting tongue is seen on other ornaments of the period. For an atlatl of different style in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Washington, D.C., see Lothrop, Foshag and Mahler (1957: Colorplate CXXXI).