Description

FUNERARY MASK

CULTURE CALIMA, COLOMBIA YOTOCO PERIOD, 100 AV. AD-800 AD J.-C.

Light brown and dark brown ceramic

H. 24,5 cm - W. 27 cm


Calima Yotoco funerary mask, light brown and dark brown ceramic, Colombia

H. 9 5/8 in - W. 10 5/8 in


Provenance:


Collection Ramón Alonso Noval, Oviedo, Spain. Acquired in the years 1960-1970

Spanish private collection


A thermoluminescence test will be given to the purchaser.



Calima masks from Colombia


A similar mask entered the collections of the Museum of Man in 1891, together with other objects from Colombia from the same collection. For a long time this mask was given as coming from the sacred lagoon of the Muiscas in Guatavita, but everything seems to indicate that this type of mask came from the Calima culture, during the Yotoco period, between the end of the first century BC and about 800 AD.


The Calima culture was established along the Calima River and in the fertile lowlands that border the Rio Cauca valley. Unfortunately, no traces of settlement remain due to the use of perishable materials. On the other hand, many tombs have been discovered there.


In some of them, around the deceased, terracotta objects have been found, such as this mask, vases decorated with figures and animals such as monkeys and toads, and house-shaped vases also known as alcarraza. Rock crystal beads and various gold objects such as jewellery, flutes and death masks completed the funerary furniture.


A study of similar masks reveals that the frieze surrounding the face represents stylised monkeys.

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FUNERARY MASKCULTURE CALIMA, COLOMBIA YOTOCO PERIOD, 100 AV. AD-800 AD J.-C.Light brown and dark brown ceramicH. 24,5 cm - W. 27 cmCalima Yotoco funerary mask, light brown and dark brown ceramic, ColombiaH. 9 5/8 in - W. 10 5/8 in Provenance:Collection Ramón Alonso Noval, Oviedo, Spain. Acquired in the years 1960-1970Spanish private collectionA thermoluminescence test will be given to the purchaser.Calima masks from ColombiaA similar mask entered the collections of the Museum of Man in 1891, together with other objects from Colombia from the same collection. For a long time this mask was given as coming from the sacred lagoon of the Muiscas in Guatavita, but everything seems to indicate that this type of mask came from the Calima culture, during the Yotoco period, between the end of the first century BC and about 800 AD.The Calima culture was established along the Calima River and in the fertile lowlands that border the Rio Cauca valley. Unfortunately, no traces of settlement remain due to the use of perishable materials. On the other hand, many tombs have been discovered there.In some of them, around the deceased, terracotta objects have been found, such as this mask, vases decorated with figures and animals such as monkeys and toads, and house-shaped vases also known as alcarraza. Rock crystal beads and various gold objects such as jewellery, flutes and death masks completed the funerary furniture.A study of similar masks reveals that the frieze surrounding the face represents stylised monkeys.

Estimate 12 000 - 15 000 EUR

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