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Pre-Columbian Art / Tairona Tumbaga Finial Depicting a Stag Being Attacked by a Snake - PF.0767
Origin: Colombia
Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 1.125" (2.9cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Tumbaga


Additional Information: sold

Location: United States
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On this extraordinary finial, an antlered stag is throttled by a boa constrictor coiled around his neck. The image strikes us as a metaphor for larger battles, as the snake could not possibly consume the deer if it is victorious. Most remarkable about this miniature piece is that such a powerfully dramatic scene should be played out on such a delicately-filigreed stage. - (PF.0767)

 

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