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Pre-Columbian Sinu Gold and Bead Necklace

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This lovely and unusual Sinu gold necklace includes an array of fantastic Coatimundi

Key Features

  • This lovely and unusual Sinu gold necklace includes an array of fantastic Coatimundi
  • The Coatimundi was a much adored pet in many Pre-Columbian societies
  • The Sinu were renowned for their exquisite gold work
  • Spaniards came to the area lured by the maginificance of Sinu gold
  • This elaborate necklace was fashioned with refined skill and artistry
  • Circa, 600-1250 AD
  • 24 1/2

Item Details

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This striking and rare Pre-Columbian gold necklace was crafted by the Sinu people of Colombia. The figural beads represent coatimundi, a much adored pet in many Pre-Columbian societies. In much the same way that Eqyptians favored cats or Ancient Indian cultures favored elephants, the Coatimundi was a much adored pet in many Pre-Columbian societies and therefore is represented in important personal items such as jewelry.

The Pre-Columbian Sinu lived in the river valleys and along the Caribbean Coast of Colombia from around 200 to 1600 AD. They were most renowned for their elaborate irrigation and waterwork systems, their exquisite gold work, and the political significance of women in their social structure. When discovered by the Spaniards in the 16th century the Sinu had a female as their head chief. 16th century Spaniards came to the area lured by the magnificence of the Sinu's ceremonial burial gold. Much of this gold was cast using the lost wax method but much like this extraordinary necklace gold was also fashioned into elaborate jewelry with refined skill and artistry.

Circa, 600-1250 AD

Length: 24 1/2"

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