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FOUR MUISCA GOLD FIGURAL ORNAMENTS
CA. A.D. 1300-1500
Each armed warrior with characteristic wirelike limbs against the flat body silhouette, three holding atlatls (spear throwers) and darts, wearing jewelry, headdresses and with a dangle attachment.
The Muiscas of central Colombia created many works in gold which were linked to religious practices. Most of these objects are known as tunjos, these were not items of jewelry but rather offerings to the gods, created to be hidden away in sacred places. The offerings were made through the chiefs or priests, who acted as mediators with the gods. The tunjos depict figures from everyday life-here the figures wielding weapons are clearly men of high status.