Anthropomorphous votive figure

Eastern Cordillera - Muisca Period600/1600

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Bogota, Colombia

With their features schematically represented using a triangular support and a few lines, the “tunjos”, or Muisca votive figures, constitute a rich visual catalogue of social types. Here a mother holds her son on her left arm and a kind of staff in her right hand.


  • Title: Anthropomorphous votive figure
  • Creator: Eastern Cordillera - Muisca Period
  • Creator Lifespan: 600/1600
  • Creator Nationality: Colombia
  • Creator Death Place: Colombia
  • Creator Birth Place: Colombia
  • Date: 600/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: w25 x h84 mm
  • Type: Goldwork
  • External Link: People and Gold in Pre-Hispanic Colombia
  • Technique: Lost wax casting in tumbaga
  • Finding: Colombia
  • Accession number: O04678

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