Bird Beads

Bird Beads

c. 900-1550

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Cast gold

Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness in memory of Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness 1949.190

Description

Muisca metalwork divides into two categories: ornaments to be worn, such as these, and offering figurines, in the case to the right. The elaborate bird pendant features delicate herringbone moldings, openwork patterns, and wing details-all part of the wax model from which the pendant was cast (see nearby computer animation). The dangles were attached after casting.

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