Muisca Female Tunjo

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 28 November 2015
Muisca Female Tunjo

This figure depicts a female; she wears an elaborate headdress and necklace and holds what appears to be a small tree branch 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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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2015, November 28). Muisca Female Tunjo. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/4250/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Muisca Female Tunjo." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 28, 2015. https://www.ancient.eu/image/4250/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Muisca Female Tunjo." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 28 Nov 2015. Web. 21 May 2019.

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