Nose ornament with danglers

Calima-Malagana Region - Yotoco Period-200/1300

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Bogota, Colombia

Frequently the nose rings of the Yotoco period in the Colombian Calima region adopted this shape: they were thin sheets of fine gold with winged prolongations and hanging plates. When pending from the septum of an important person, they hid his mouth and a good portion of the face, and in exchange they would be provided with beams of light and a tinkling sound. The beautiful and intriguing embossed borders are a constant style of Yotoco goldwork: probably they mean something we are still not able to decipher. The round danglers were cut out from the sheets and embossed in a convex shape so they could be put back in place, as pendants. They can also be found in objects shaped as jaguars, representing the characteristic spots of the American feline, a recurrent symbol of power. EL


  • Title: Nose ornament with danglers
  • Creator: Calima-Malagana Region - Yotoco Period
  • Creator Lifespan: -195/1300
  • Creator Nationality: Colombia
  • Creator Death Place: Colombia
  • Creator Birth Place: Colombia
  • Date: -200/1300
  • Physical Dimensions: w174 x h172 mm
  • Type: Goldwork
  • External Link: People and Gold in Pre-Hispanic Colombia
  • Technique: Hammered and embossed gold
  • Finding: Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Restrepo
  • Accession number: O00028

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