TITLE: Pair of earrings
CULTURE: Carchi – Nariño, Colombia
PERIOD: 1000 – 1500 AD
DIMENSIONS: Height 7.1 cm.
PRICE: 5,500 euros
PROVENANCE: Private collection, Miami (USA), acquired in the 1980.
The working of metals appeared in Colombian regions towards the 6th Century BC when societies which had artisans skilled in working metals lived on the Pacific coast. During the two thousand years of development of metal working in Colombia, interrupted by the Spanish conquest in 1500 AD, a dozen different styles emerged, combining different techniques on diverse alloys and producing great quantities of exceptional quality. These were notable for their equilibrium and composition which give the Pre-Hispanic working of metals in Colombia an outstanding place in world art. The main themes seen are the human figure, animals, geometric forms and a combination of all of these.