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Sinu Gold Knob of a Ceremonial Staff Featuring a Crocodile - FJ.6200
Origin: Sinu Region of Colombia
Circa: 600 AD to 1600 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high
Catalogue: V23
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Elite individuals, especially chieftains and priests (shamans), were privileged to wear magnificent gold jewelry and to use such objects as staffs topped with brilliant knobs. This beautiful crocodile knob was used as a crowning ornament during ceremonial processions. It would have been placed in an important burial chamber along with other magnificent works of gold. Rituals were extremely important to the social fabric of society and public offerings of gold would be made at famous ceremonial centers such as Finzenu. It has been recorded that even trees surrounding the temple were festooned with golden bells. This fantastic knob shows a crocodile clinging to its sides as if it were a log floating in a river. The crocodile's anatomical detail is quite superb and very realistic, even with a few abstract elements such as the two charming twin bands on the head, cleverly suggesting scutes. The eyes are very watchful, on the lookout for danger or a meal, with double rows of very long and sharp teeth! A few delicately placed appliquéd beads give the impression of the crocodile’s scaly hide. The knob itself is ornamented with two "windows" on either side, designed in an arrangement with double vertical lines intersected by double diagonal bands. The base is in a pattern similar to a woven cord, adding further texture to the overall object. As a crowning ornament this knob is both functional and a symbol of mysterious beliefs; beautifully blended into a work of art. 200.5 grams - (FJ.6200)


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