Pre-Columbian Gold Dignitary Figure For Sale
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Pre-Columbian Gold Dignitary Figure

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This pendant was most likely meant to represent a sort of portrait of the bearer, an important chieftain or "cacique." The depicted male figure wears a crown or headdress, necklace, belt, armbands, several earrings, and a "nariguera" or nose ornament, indicating high social status. The figure is composed of Tumbaga gold, an alloy used during pre-Columbian times, composed of gold-copper or gold-silver. Virtually all objects were cast using the lost wax method in Tumbaga gold, after which the surfaces were gilded by oxidation. Estate of Carlos Rodriguez

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  • Creator
    Pre-Columbian (Maker)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
    Colombia
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 3.13 in. x W 1.75 in. x D 0.25 in.H 7.96 cm x W 4.45 cm x D 6.35 mm
  • Seller Location
    Santa Fe, NM
  • Seller Reference Number
    CR0008
  • Reference Number
    LU9739819759
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