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Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia

Paperback. Pub Date :2013-10-14 Language: English Publisher: Thames & Hudson In ancient Colombia. people did not use gold as currency or desire it for its economic value Gold was revered instead for its symbolic association and transformative properties This.. sacred metal was used to create some of the most visually dramatic and technically sophisticated works of art found anywhere in the Americas before European contact. Drawing on the spectacular collections of the Museum del Oro in Bogota and the British Museum. this beautiful book features over 100 masterpieces fashioned exquisitely in gold and its alloy tumbaga. including small votive figures. decorative nose rings and earrings. vessels. pectorals and masks. These are presented alongside an array of other highly valued objects textiles. ceramic figurines. shells. colourful stone beads which also played a significant pa...

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