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Elite members of Chimú society used tweezers such as these to remove facial and body hair. Although tweezers fashioned from gold and brass are also known, silver was perhaps the most popular metal among the Chimú (as suggested by the number of silver objects that have been found). Imagery on each disk represents creatures from land, air, and water: a feline is between a fish below and a bird above. The fiber cord, to which are attached turquoise beads alternating with birds and a feline, is handspun cotton, suggesting that the assembly is original.

Chimú culture, Peru
Silver, turquoise, coral, abalone shell, stone, fiber
L. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.21.4