Leaflets of the Museum of the American Indian; Heye Foundation Volume 1-5

Leaflets of the Museum of the American Indian; Heye Foundation Volume 1-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...depth. A skeleton was found lying on the floor of the tomb, the head resting at the entrance of the bolson. Over the skeleton was found a great quantity. of gold and silver plates, alternating regularly, as if they had been affixed to a cloak thrown over the body. This cloak may also have had a fringe formed of small tubes of gold. The arms THE GOLD TREASURE OF SIGSIG were decorated with bracelets, and the head with a crown, all of gold. See plates I, 11. At the entrance of the bolson was found a great bundle of chonta-wood sticks, chased and covered with lamellze of gold and silver; in the center of the bundle were two sticks of smaller dimensions covered with lamellze of gold. Farther on in the bolson four circular plates of gold and silver, alternating two of gold and two of silver, ranging from forty to fifty centimeters in diameter, were placed vertically so as to cover the opening completely. Finally, behind them was found a veritable treasure, consisting of needles, hatchets, pan-pipes, and figurines, all of gold, besides a feather, the shaft of gold and the plumage of silver. In an analogous excavation in the same region were discovered the objects described by Heuzey as the 'treasure of Cuenca.' ' "We possess in our private collection two analogous staffs, which, although lacking their hooks, leave no doubt as to their intended use.... These two interesting pieces came from this tomb of Sigsig, particularly rich in objects of gold and silver, which we have described above in detail. They formed a part, as we have stated, of a considerable series of similar instruments gathered in bundles; also we should not be surprised if the specimen figured by Gonzalez Suarez came from the same deposit. The first of...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920910
  • 9781236920911