Tunjo, Female & Child Figure from Colombia

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 30 November 2015

This figure depicts a female; she holds a small child on her chest and a dagger with her right hand. A material of religious significance, the flat gold figures (or Tunjos), were votive offerings left in caves or lakes. They were rarely found inside tombs. Pre-Columbian gold was first associated with the elite, but became widely accessible later. From the Muisca civilization, Colombia, 10th to 16th century CE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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