Friday, 8 January 2021

Quimbaya Gold

Most of the items are funeral offerings, found in the inside of sarcophagi made of hollow trunks.
The Quimbaya civilization was a Pre-Columbian culture of Colombia, noted for their gold work. Most of the gold is made in tumbaga alloy, with 30% copper. The Quimbaya reached their zenith during the 4th to 7th century CE.

The gold represented a sacred metal and the passport for the afterlife.
Around the 10th century the Quimbaya culture disappeared entirely for unknown reasons.