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Pendant

Date:
5th–10th century
Geography:
Colombia, Rio Magdalena region
Culture:
Tolima
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 x W. 4 1/4 in. (12.4 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.498
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
The overall "heart" shape that has given this pendant type its name is sometimes not immediately recognizable, particularly in examples from the Tolima area on the middle Magdalena River. These pendants more closely resemble a ceremonial knife with a handle with two split curved elements at the top. The majority were cast of tumbaga, an alloy containing a higher percentage of copper than gold, and then gilded by removing the surface copper in an acid bath.
[John Wise Ltd., New York, until 1957]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1957, on loan to the Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1957–1978

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