Gold Staff Finial, Zenu Culture

Illustration

Prapti Panda
by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
published on 30 January 2017

A gold staff finial made by the Zenúes, a people who belonged to the Zenú tribe of ancient Colombia. It features an owl on the edge with a majestic crest, polished golden wings and false filigree openwork on its chest. Distinctive features include the deliberately created flaws on the bird and leftover residual gold. 5th-10th century CE, Zenu or Sinu, Colombia (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

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