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Standing Figure

100 B.C.–A.D. 100
Colombia or Ecuador
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1995
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 357
The three-dimensional figures of the Tolita-Tumaco area are among the most striking of Precolumbian gold objects. The present example is particularly distinguished by its fancy nose ornament, evidence that some form of headdress was once present, and by the position of the hands, which originally held objects now missing. The feet too have been lost. Made of many pieces of high-quality sheet gold, the figure may have been clothed for special occasions. The Tolita-Tumaco style area crosses the Colombia-Ecuador border along the humid Pacific coast.
(Sotheby's, New York, November 26, 1985, Lot 37); Jan Mitchell, New York, 1985–1995

Jones, Julie, and Heidi King. "Gold of the Americas." The Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art vol. 59, no. 4 (Spring 2002), p. 7.

Pillsbury, Joanne, Timothy Potts, and Kim N. Richter, eds. Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017, no. 78, p. 180.

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