Fabulous Tairona Figurine/Pendant
From Columbia, circa 1400-1600 CE. The Tairona, ‘Sons of the Jaguar’ peoples fought off the Spanish conquistadors for 75 years, even as the Inca, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations fell.
They were known for their fine working of ‘tumbaga’, a mixture of gold, copper, and sometimes silver. ‘Tunjos’ are the figurines made, usually depicting everyday tribespeople. This one has exceptionally fine and sensuous details and recalls fertility goddess figures.