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Crescent-Shaped Ceremonial Tweezers with a Circular Top
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Crescent-Shaped Ceremonial Tweezers with a Circular Top


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Description Unlike other functional objects sometimes wrought out of goldーlike needles or fishhooks -- tweezers were created for both a spiritual and utilitarian purpose. In many ways, these tweezers exhibit symbolism sacred to the Calima people of Southwest Colombia: gold was the chosen material because it glistened like the “sweat of the Gods” and the circle at the center of the object parallels what was known as a symbol of the sun. In order to make this delicate object, metalsmiths would hammer portions of gold into thin sheets and then cut to attain a desired shape. The clean, raised design added on this tweezer was created by lightly hammering the symbols from the reverse with another tool.
Provenance Mrs. S. Wellford Randolf [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1979, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mrs. S. Wellford Randolf, 1979

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Period
700-1521
Medium
hammered gold alloy
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.2057
Measurements
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
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