Measuring 1.6” in height and hollow, this impressive and beefy Pre-Columbian 10.6 karat tumbaga gold owl pendant (BXS.2) will quickly grab the attention of many eyes when worn on a necklace. Attributed to the Sinu or Tairona horizons of Colombia, c.800-1500AD, the revered bird was then known as the messenger or warrior bird of night. The owl was associated with mystery, power, darkness, war and sacrifice. In addition to the two suspension rings on its back, it has a small ring also attached to the tip of its beak where a pearl or colorful gem could be suspended. 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 owl along with photos of two other pieces that were authenticated from the collection at the same time (a tumbaga dragon pendant and a tumbaga frog pendant). A descriptive Certificate by the Accurate Precious Metals Refineries of Salem, Oregon showing the % of combined 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. The author grades the physical condition of this owl an 8 based on some surface wear, a few very small holes beneath its bulging eyes, and minor encrustation hardly noted in creviced areas, none of which weakens its use as a pendant. The quality of the art work is graded 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.2 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.