University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: SA2751
Current Location: Out on loan
Provenience: Colombia
Quimbaya
Culture Area: South America
Section:American
Materials:Gold
Iconography:Female
Length: 23cm
Width: 7cm
Depth: 5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Kalebdjian Freres, 1920

Description

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


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Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989)View Objects in Exhibition
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