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Culture Group: Cañari
Culture: Cañar
Date: 500–1500 CE
Medium: Bone
Dimensions:
Length: 7 1/4 inches (18.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ira H. Levy
Label Text:This bone implement, embellished with a carved zoomorphic form at its end, may have functioned as a large pin to hold in place hair or a mantle-like garment. Textiles were an integral part of artistic production from this region as attested by the Spanish who encountered the Cañari people in the sixteenth century. Bone, especially human, was probably a more commonly used material than is implied by artifact collections because bone does not survive well in the acidic soils of lowland Ecuador and Colombia.


Object number: 1976.5.18
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