Lime container in the shape of a cayman-man

Calima-Malagana Region - Malagana Period-100/400

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Bogota, Colombia

In a combination of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features, the poporo’s upper half represents a creature with both human and animal characteristics, while the lower part faithfully portrays part of a cayman. It was made out of three sheets that were hammered and embossed on a mould.


  • Title: Lime container in the shape of a cayman-man
  • Creator: Calima-Malagana Region - Malagana Period
  • Creator Lifespan: -94/400
  • Creator Nationality: Colombia
  • Creator Death Place: Colombia
  • Creator Birth Place: Colombia
  • Date: -100/400
  • Physical Dimensions: w52 x h97 mm
  • Type: Goldwork
  • External Link: Cosmology and Symbolism room
  • Technique: Hammered, embossed and assembled in gold
  • Finding: Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Palmira
  • Accession number: O33338-O33339

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