A Large Sinu Gold Collar Necklace, ca. 500 - 1000 CE
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An exquisite kidney-shaped pectoral, made of cast gold that was subsequently hammered and burnished to produce a smooth surface is a superlative illustration of the workings of artistic ingenuity within traditional Sinú formats. The adornment has two small holes on either side for threading a cord or necklace. In Sinú burial contexts, pectorals are frequently found merely laid over the body of the deceased rather than draped around the neck. Displaying remarkable solidity and heaviness, it features a lustrous satin finish, which was achieved by applying plant acids to the surface.
Bernstein, David. The Golden Treasure of the Sinu: Goldwork from Ancient Colombia (p. 13). Kindle Edition.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall, presented on museum-quality custom mount.