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LOT 3374

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Pre-Columbian Tairona Tumbaga Pendant

10th-15th century AD

A gold anthropomorphic pendant featuring the body of a man with the stylised face of a bird, the head is adorned with an elaborate headdress and the figure holds a sceptre across his body; suspension loop above and four to the reverse of the headdress. 63 grams, 76mm (3"). Fine condition, some loss to the underside.

Property of a Brussels gentleman; previously in a French private collection, Paris, acquired 1960s.

For a range of Tairona pendants see Emmerich, A. Sweat of the sun and tears of the moon, Washington, 1965.

The exact meaning of such detailed and finely worked pieces is unknown. A shaman transforming into a revered animal is one interpretation. The craftsmanship and symbols of power depicted lead us to assume these pendants would have been reserved for important and powerful figures in Tairona society.

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Viewing from noon Monday 2nd September 2019
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