Ear ornaments with snake figures

Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Tairona Period900/1600

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Bogota, Colombia

Cast in an alloy of gold and copper by the lost-wax process, the delicate Tairona ear ornaments allow us to see the way in which a synthesis is made between abstraction and figurative representation in the imagination of the pre-Hispanic artist. Like the metamorphoses which occur in the animal world, a basic half-moon shape transforms itself into a serpent with two heads and forked tongues.


  • Title: Ear ornaments with snake figures
  • Creator: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Tairona Period
  • Date: 900/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: w42 x h78 mm
  • Type: Goldwork
  • External Link: People and Gold in Pre-Hispanic Colombia
  • Technique: Lost wax casting in tumbaga with depletion gilding
  • Finding: Colombia, Magdalena, Santa Marta
  • Accession number: O13693-O13694

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