National Geographic : 1973 Dec
OPPOSITE PAGE FOLDS OUT Away of life quickens again inworks of art IKE THE CONTENTS of a time capsule, Peruvian artifacts offer an intriguing glimpse into the daily life of the Incas and their subjects. Perforated lobes of a gold figure (left) identify an orejdn, or "big ear"-one of the Inca nobility, who alone were allowed to wear huge golden earplugs. Another figure of an orej6n (below) was found encased in dried mud, per haps accidentally, or perhaps to depict him taking a mud bath. In their pampered luxury Inca nobles took frequent baths-bounty of a hydraulics technology that blessed them with irrigation for their fields and running water piped in to their ceremonial centers.