Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia

Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia

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By (author) Elisenda Vila Llonch

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  • Publisher: BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 242mm x 16mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714125415
  • ISBN 13: 9780714125411
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 481,944

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Among 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 book features over 150 masterpieces fashioned exquisitely in gold, including tiny votive figures, decorative nose rings, vessels, pectorals and masks.

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