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Tolima Pre-Columbian necklace with gold figurines

Tolima Pre-Columbian necklace with gold figurines

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1337456

Please refer to our stock # MAJP.1001 when inquiring.
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Brightly decorated with two styles of Pre-Columbian Classic Period Tolima horizon anthropomorphic gold figurines, this end to end 22” long necklace (MAJP.1001), closed at its ends with a mid-20th century clasp, is made up of individually cut and polished colorful chrysoprase stone beads, all items of which date c.100-900AD and were assembled from finds made near the El Bolo site in western Colombia in the earlier 19th Century. Brought into the country legally while still living in Colombia by K. Klassen, a once well-known dealer and contributor to major auction houses throughout the U.S., and well known to Bob Stroessner who before he passed away, was the head curator of Pre-Columbian art at the Denver Art Museum and president and contributor to the Pre-Columbian Art Society in Denver. Before leaving Colombia permanently, Klassen stored much of his collection with his mother who lived in the state of Washington after moving it all out of Colombia while it was still legal to do so. The seven gold figurines on the necklace vary in height from ¾” to 13/16” each linked to the necklace through small loops attached to their backs. The 9 photos in this group exhibit the full necklace along with close-ups of the fronts and backs of the two different figural types, and a close-up of the clasp used which when measured from its joined ends to the top of the central figure is 11 inches long. Ready to wear and in overall very good condition (the chrysoprase beads show some minor dings and wear), the gold figures themselves are in great shape and have been confirmed by Sonsthagen jewelry in Denver to be at least in the 14K gold range. Adding up what each would sell for ($1500 each) gives the necklace its overall value. Purchased in the early 1980s from Klassen by the president of HD Enterprises, Inc., she is now selling off her personal collection including ancient miniature pottery bowls and figurines, beads, gold items, a group of Egyptian scarabs from the famed Mitry collection, and additional high quality rare items. The necklace comes with a descriptive card for display, a map of Colombia showing the general Tolima area in the mountains of western Colombia, and our statement on the purchase receipt guaranteeing to our initial buyer that it is authentic. Select or ask any question by referring either to the Trocadero Item Number at the top of this page, or to the Inventory Number shown in brackets in the first sentence of this write-up. NOTE: if you would like to view a large number of our various listings, and at the same time 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 have twelve different items on a page, each individually priced! 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 photograph.