Breastplate with zoomorphous figures

Mid-Cauca (Quimbaya) - Late Period700/1600

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Bogota, Colombia

Hammered, embossed objects with schematic designs are characteristic of “late” Quimbaya metalwork art, contemporary with the arrival of the Spaniards to the mid-Cauca region in the sixteenth century. In this example, birds and spirals are placed inside four quadrants, as part of some sort of mysterious symbolism.


  • Title: Breastplate with zoomorphous figures
  • Creator: Mid-Cauca (Quimbaya) - Late Period
  • Creator Lifespan: 700/1600
  • Creator Nationality: Colombia
  • Creator Death Place: Colombia
  • Creator Birth Place: Colombia
  • Date: 700/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: w235 x h242 mm
  • Type: Goldwork
  • External Link: The Working of Metals room
  • Technique: Hammered and embossed gold
  • Finding: Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Caicedonia
  • Accession number: O02797

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