- 7th–12th century
- H. 2 1/4 x W. 7 1/4 in. (5.7 x 18.4 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
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Prior to the tenth century the people in southwestern Colombia lived in complex hierarchical societies. Rich burial remains in numerous status tombs indicate that the political and religious elites used the goldworking arts to underline and perpetuate their power and privilege. After about A.D. 1000, new cultural influences, probably from Amazonia, spread throughout the area, dramatically changing earlier metalworking traditions.