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Lot 85: Tairona 22K+ Gold Pendant / Rock Crystal Necklace
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
** A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit The Fowler Museum at UCLA **
Pre-Columbian, Colombia or Venezuela, Tairona culture, ca. 900 to 1200 CE. Wonderful long necklace comprised of 73 rock crystal beads in varying lengths, all bi-conically drilled and a hollow gold figural pendant. The gold figure holds a staff in one hand and a long fruit in the other, an ornate headdress rests upon his head. His penis is curled upward showing its length and his verility. Pendant tests out at over 22K - not tumbaga (gold/copper mix) as is often the case with Tairona gold figures. Size: Pendant measures 1-3/8" L.
Provenance: Ex - Morgan collection, Santa Monica, CA.
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Condition Report: Excellent and wearable