Nose ornament

A.D. 600–1550

Object Place: Department of Nariño, Colombia, Southwestern highlands


14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)


Americas, Jewelry


Nose rings

Gold nose ring with rectangular side flanges, each with four small rectangular dangling adornments.


Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York (stock no. YE399) [see note]. 1985, the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, Dallas; November 25, 1985, Marcus Foundation and others sale (Pre-Columbian, American Indian, tribal art and antiquities, no. 6030), Christie's, New York, lot 81, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1986, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 26, 1986)

NOTE: According to the Christie's auction catalogue.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay