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Complete & Scarce Votive Gold Muisca "Tunjo" Warrior/Priest Figurine

Complete & Scarce Votive Gold Muisca "Tunjo" Warrior/Priest Figurine


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre 1492: Item # 1406678
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This complete and interesting piece is a votive gold Muisca "Tunjo" warrior/priest figurine that dates circa 10th-16th century A.D., and is approximately 2.1 inches high, by 9 inches wide at the shoulders, by .45 inches deep at the extended feet. This piece is a solid example and weighs approximately 8.5 grams. This piece is also complete, has no restoration/repair, and was cast as one solid example. This piece was not worked and polished after casting, and is as it was when it came out of the mold. The arms, eyes, nose, mouth, ear-flares, and raised crown is made from a tubular type construction. This tubular construction built up on a flat plank design, are also principle artistic hallmarks relative to votive gold figurines from this culture. There is also a raised casting sprue seen at the back base of the feet, and this also attests to this piece being unfinished after casting. This type of piece was made purely as a votive object which explains why these pieces were not finished, and this particular piece likely represented a warrior/priest, as he is seen wearing a regal raised crown. This piece was also created to bring one closer to the gods, and gold objects like this were believed to have been able to interact with them. Several analogous examples are also seen in "Sweat of the Sun and Tears of the Moon", by Andre Emmerich, Hacker Art Books, New York, 1977, pp. 83-88. This piece also has some spotty minute green cuprite and white calcite deposits, has a light hazy patina, and is in it's natural "as found" mint quality condition. The majority of pieces of this type have also been over cleaned and polished, and do not have the exceptional surfaces that this piece has, and as such, is a scarce to rare example. This piece can easily be worn today, as it is a solid example, and also hangs on a custom display stand. Ex: Private German collection circa 1980's-2000's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser, including EU Export and US Customs Import documentation.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: