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Tunjos (Votive Offering Figurine)
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Item Details
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Culture
Colombia, Muisca style, 10th-16th century
Title
Tunjos (Votive Offering Figurine)
Work Type
Metalwork
Date
c. 900-1550
Material
cast gold
Measurements
Overall: 5.6 x 3.1 x 0.9 cm (2 3/16 x 1 1/4 x 3/8 in.)
Description
Unlike the other gold ornaments in this gallery, tunjos were not worn; instead, they served as offerings that were deposited in sacred places, such as lagoons and caves. They often depict humans who hold something-here a container with a head (1947.22), a spear thrower (1947.19), and a bird-tipped (1957.25). The subject must have corresponded to a benefit being asked from the gods. Perhaps because they were not meant for display, tunjos were not finished after lost-wax casting. Flaws remain uncorrected, surfaces are unpolished, and gold that backed into the sprue (pouring channel) was left in place, creating the button-like form at the bottoms of 1947.24 and 1947.17, which were cast upside down.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: AA - Intermediate Region
Department: Art of the Americas
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1947.21_print.tif
SSID
24631921

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