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Pre-Columbian Sinu Gold Male Maize Pendant, 41.8 grams 22-24kt

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Start price: $5,000

Estimated price: $8,000 - $12,000

Buyer's premium: 25%

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Fine gold figure of a male lord eating maize with an elaborate crown and pierced to the back for suspension. Size 1 1/2" H

The Sinu culture indigenous civilization to Caribbean coast of what is now modern-day Colombia, particularly in the region of Sinu river and its surrounding areas. The Sinu people are known for their exquisite goldwork, which has been found in various archaeological sites in the region. Sinu goldwork is often characterized by its intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Sinu people used various techniques such as casting, hammering and filigree to create elaborate gold ornaments, jewelry, and other artifacts. These artifacts were often used for religious, ceremonial and symbolic purposes.

ex-private New York collection

Condition: Overall nice condition with some tarnish and soiling.