Description Gold work from the Tolima region of Colombia is characterized by strong geometric forms combining stylized parts of humans and animals. This figure has a triangular, bird-like tail indicating it may represent a deity or other supernatural being. This style is sometimes called "invasionist" because it shows stylistic influence of people who came to the region from the Amazon, across the Andes mountains. Coming from a region that was a crossroads of people, this pendant may also have originated from the Calima region due to its uniquely rendered eyes—drawn simply as a line through its puffy eyelids. The eyes give this figure an introspective and inward-looking quality, alluding to the humanistic themes present in Calima artwork.
- Gold of the Ancient Americas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2015.
Provenance Tiffany & Co., New York; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910, from Tiffany & Co.
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