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Pre-Columbian Diquís Gold Bell

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Item Details

  • Height:
    1 " Inches
  • Stone:
    Other
This delightful bell pendant shows an avian figure, possibly a toucan or a parrot, perched on a bell. For centuries Pre-Columbian master goldsmiths passed on their skills from one generation to the next making certain both style and superior quality were preserved. Diquís gold jewelry is a unique combination of elaborate abstraction and realism along with cosmological significance. Images of the natural world such as aquatic animals, forest felines and avian life were incorporated into the iconography of Diquís goldwork and usually referenced shamanic transformations. Depictions of birds were particularly prevalant as they were seen as creatures that inhabited both the living world and the world of the spirit because of their ability to be both on the earth and in the heavens. The pendant itself, is able to create its own music and almost certainly was used in ritual to call the spirits from their world to answer the supplications of the living.

Circa, 500-1550 AD

Height: 1"

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