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Quimbaya Gold Shaman-Jaguar Transitional Figure - Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Quimbaya, ca. 1000 CE. The Quimbaya civilization is renowned for its goldwork, demonstrating both fine technical accuracy and remarkably detailed designs. These artisans relished depicting anthropomorphic figures. In this case we have a shaman undergoing a transformation to a jaguar state.

Quimbaya Gold Shaman-Jaguar Transitional Figure - Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Quimbaya, ca. 1000 CE. The Quimbaya civilization is renowned for its goldwork, demonstrating both fine technical accuracy and remarkably detailed designs. These artisans relished depicting anthropomorphic figures. In this case we have a shaman undergoing a transformation to a jaguar state.

Anthropomorphic bat-man staff finial, AD 900-1600, Tairona, gold alloy (exh. cat. p. 157). © Museo del Oro O26176

Elisenda Vila Llonch, curator, British Museum While admiring the stunning works of art in the exhibition Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia, you might ask yourself who commissione…

Lime Container (Poporo)    Date:      1st–7th century  Geography:      Colombia  Culture:      Quimbaya  Medium:      Gold  Dimensions:      H. 9 x W. 5 1/4 in. (22.9 x 13.3 cm)   Classification:      Metal-Containers

Lime Container (Poporo) Date: century Geography: Colombia Culture: Quimbaya Medium: Gold Dimensions: H. x cm) Classification: Metal-Containers Credit Line: Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1991 Accession Number:

Ceramic Staff with Profile Figure Date: 6th–11th century Geography: Ecuador Culture: Manteno Medium: Ceramic

Ceramic Staff with Profile Figure Date: 6th–11th century Geography: Ecuador Culture: Manteno Medium: Ceramic

Storm God Vessel Date: 200–700 Geography: Mexico Culture: Teotihuacan Medium: Stone

Storm God Vessel Mexico Culture:Teotihuacan This vessel is carved entirely from steatite, or soapstone. The artist invested a considerable amount of labor in this depiction of what is likely the Teotihuacan storm god, known to the later Aztecs as Tlaloc.

Tripod Vessel, 4th–5th century -Mexico, Mesoamerica - Culture: Teotihuacan - Medium: Ceramic, red ochre

Tripod Vessel - Date: century Geography: Mexico, Mesoamerica Culture: Teotihuacan Medium: Ceramic, red ochre

Pair of Figure Vessels, 12th–15th century Mexico; Mixtec-Colima Ceramic

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