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Pendant

Date:
5th–10th century
Geography:
Colombia
Culture:
Tolima
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 5 x W. 4 1/4 in. (12.7 x 10.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.562
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
Although the various goldworking cultures of Colombia developed their own distinctive styles, some forms were shared by many. Among the ornaments that have a wide geographical distribution are the so-called heart-shaped pectorals. While the greatest concentration of finds occurs in the southwest in the middle Cauca and Magdalena River valleys, examples are also known from the Tairona people on the northern coast and from the Narino area on the Ecuadorean border.
[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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