Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona culture, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. An endearing 12 karat gold pendant in the form of a seated toad with a broad, flattened, triangular head and a rounded body. A small loop at the base of the front feet allows you to hang it with its face looking up at your chin. We presume it is a toad rather than a frog, because large toads are very common in the region and are venerated by modern descendants of the Tairona. Size: 0.7" L x 0.7" W x 0.65" H (1.8 cm x 1.8 cm x 1.7 cm)
The Pre-Columbian Tairona, a group of chiefdoms in a mountainous part of Colombia, are renowned for their distinctive gold pieces - see, for example, the catalogue from the British Museum exhibit "Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia." Although gold was not a currency in Pre-Columbian South America, it had great symbolic power, used by elites in life and in death to demonstrate their place in society.
Provenance: Ex-private East Coast USA collection
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