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Sinu Gold Anthropomorphic Pendant - FJ.6237
Origin: Colombia
Circa: 600 AD to 1600 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high
Catalogue: V23
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Stylistically this pendant is very similar to those found in the Calima region. They show a male figure dressed for a ritual ceremony carrying staffs or scepters. The difference in the Sinu style is seen in the distinctive detailing of the enormous nose ring, with its checkerboard pattern and five spirals on each side. It is like wings of a great bird, waving in and out, then curling straight upwards in dramatic flight. An interesting feature is the man's nose actually reaches over the edge of the band, with two nostril holes clearly seen. This probably represents deformation done for ritual purposes. The nose ring is so large it nearly hides the beautiful ear spools made of coils attached to large segmented circles. In addition, he wears a magnificent headdress composed of five distinctive bands rising to a flared rim. Most significantly, in terms of the pendants 'purpose,' are the wonderful staffs; each with a double banded ring and bulbous end. These may be a type of musical instrument containing rattles. The figure is most likely a shaman (priest), shown in ritual regalia during a religious ceremony. Such figural pendants buried in elite tombs were probably intended to represent the deceased during his most impressive role on earth. As such, it gives us a chance to see what splendor and magic existed centuries ago, preserved forever in gorgeous gold. 261.5 grams - (FJ.6237)

 

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