This spectacular 1 ½” long, hollow Pre-Columbian 10.6 karat gold tumbaga pendant (BXS.1) depicts a fiercely snarling dragon-like creature with a long-beaked bird’s head tail, lying on its chest and ready to pounce. Undoubtedly a symbol of power and strength, it is attributed to the Sinu or Tairona cultural horizon of Colombia, dated c.800-1500AD. Acquired through a documented trade with the former Emerald World and Gold Museum of Orlando, Florida in 1985 prior to the time Colombia signed the UNESCO agreement concerning the export of cultural items out of that country, it also comes with a copy of an authentication document from Stoetzer Inc., of Miami, Florida on which appears a photo of the ‘dragon’ along with photos of two other pieces that were authenticated from the collection at the same time (a tumbaga owl pendant and a tumbaga frog pendant). A descriptive Certificate by the Accurate Precious Metals Refineries of Salem, Oregon showing the % of included metallic elements (44.27% gold, 24.75% silver, 0.10% palladium, 28.49% copper, 0.49% zinc, 1.23% iron, 0.46% tin, and 0.2% tungsten) is also included with a purchase. With some surface pitting and a few tiny holes through the gold into the interior, and a bit of reddish encrustation in tight areas, none of which weaken the durability of this pendant, the author would grade the physical condition of the dragon an 8 and the quality of the art work a 10. A viewer can see the other two gold pieces mentioned above by entering the letters ‘BXS’ into any of the search links in this catalog. Select or ask any question by referring either to the Trocadero ITEM # or the STOCK # BXS.1 at the top of this page. NOTE: if you would like to view a large number of our various listings, and limit your browsing time, try our ‘TWELVE different items on a single page format’ by simply spelling out the word TWELVE in the search box. That will quickly bring up all of our listings that offer multiple individually priced items on a single page! And if you want to further refine the group, add one or two additional modifiers at the same time such as ‘Indian, Precolumbian, Stone, Pot, Gold, etc.’ Any item that has been sold will be so noted on its own photograph.