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    DescriptionAmong the cultures of the northern Andes, gold has been revered above all other materials. Gold was believed to be a product of the Sun, the supreme procreator, and as such had special associations with fertility and power. For the people of Colombia, the value of gold lay in the symbolic and transformative properties associated with its colour, aura and malleability and it was used to fashion 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 Museo del Oro in Bogota and the British Museum, this beautiful book features over 150 masterpieces fashioned exquisitely in gold, including tiny votive figures, decorative nose rings, vessels, pectorals and masks. Through these diverse objects, the author explores the myth and ritual of El Dorado (the golden man) and the legend of the lost city of gold that fascinated European explorers for over two centuries; the use of gold objects by spiritual leaders for healing, divination and guidance in the dangerous mystical soul journey; the importance of gold in marking the threshold between the living and the dead; and the legacy of pre-Hispanic traditions in the northern Andes today."


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    Title
    Beyond El Dorado
    Subtitle
    Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elisenda Vila Llonch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 240 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 780 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780714125411
    ISBN 10: 0714125415
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLSC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25800
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000
    LC classification: E
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91
    BISAC V2.8: HIS038000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 92
    Abridged Dewey: 970
    BIC subject category V2: 1KLSC
    DC22: 739.228
    DC23: 986.101
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/ANTHAS
    BISAC region code: 5.0.5.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHK, NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KLSC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    200 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
    Imprint name
    BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
    Publication date
    14 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London