Figural Pendant

Tolimaca. 700-1000 (Pre-Colombian)

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

Gold work from the Tolima region of Columbia is characterized by strong geometric forms combining stylized parts of humans and animals. This figure has a triangular, bird-like tail indicating it may represent a deity or other supernatural being. This style is sometimes called "invasionist" because it shows stylistic influence of people who came to the region from the Amazon, across the Andes mountains.

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  • Title: Figural Pendant
  • Date Created: ca. 700-1000 (Pre-Colombian)
  • Physical Dimensions: h10.5 cm
  • Type: amulets;pendants
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: gold
  • Provenance: Tiffany & Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Tolima, Colombia
  • Artist: Tolima