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Breastplate in the shape of a bird with multiple heads

Eastern Cordillera - Muisca Period600/1600

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

In this pectoral, six birds with folded wings and crouching human figures on their heads, rest on the back of a larger bird. Another two human figures, also in a squatting position, sit on its open wings. They are probably shamans on their initiation flight, as described in certain traditions of present-day indigenous groups.

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  • Title: Breastplate in the shape of a bird with multiple heads
  • Creator: Eastern Cordillera - Muisca Period
  • Date: 600/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: w225 x h210 mm
  • Type: Goldwork
  • External Link: Cosmology and Symbolism room
  • Technique: Lost wax casting in tumbaga
  • Finding: Colombia, Cundinamarca, Guatavita
  • Accession number: O01253

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