This decorative piece, made out of a very thin sheet of gold, portrays a warrior holding a spear and shield. It is constructed in relief and pierced through the gold at the warrior's hands. The warrior wears a helmet or headdress and is decorated with chasing and repousee detail on the face and body. Such pins were tunjos, votive objects, made in a variety of forms that frequently depicted warrior figures with trophy heads or weapons, miniature pots, and animals. Tunjos were usually used as offerings and left in caves or holes. They were made for the larger Muisca population for ritual offerings.
* Arianne Fernandez, in "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, 55.
|Medium/Material||Alloy of gold and copper|
|Dimensions||H-3 L-1.75 inches|
|Year Range from||1000|
|Year Range to||1600|
10th century AD
11th century AD
12th century AD
13th century AD
14th century AD
15th century AD
16th century AD
17th century AD
|Exhibition and Publication History||* "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," Curated by James M. Saslow, G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, # 55, ill.|