Lime Flask


From: Colombia | Quimbaya

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number SA2751
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Colombia | Quimbaya
Culture Area South American Culture Area
Section American
Materials Gold
Iconography Female

The object is a lime flask in the shape of a human figurine formed from a thin sheet of cast gold. The figurine depicts a seated female, arms bent at right angles with elbows next to the body and hands directly in front of them. Each hand holds two stems with tightly coiled ends. The circular opening of the flask is through the top of the head/headpiece. The figure also wears a beaded necklace and beads encircling the knees and ankles. The figure is seated on a pedestal decorated beneath each foot with a line of four oval bead-like segments. These segments are connected by a border (resembling the figure’s beaded jewelry) which roughly follows the outline of the pedestal. The vessel contains a hardened substance which rolls around the flask when moved

Length 23 cm
Width 7 cm
Depth 5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Kalebdjian Freres, 1920

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