The Spirit of Ancient Colombian Gold

November 9, 2005 – April 9, 2006

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Wing (Hall 13, adjacent to Mammals Hall) Floor Plan

On view are over 280 gold items dating between 500 B.C. and 1600 A.D. that reflect the diverse regional and cultural traditions of the indigenous people of the area that is now Colombia. Objects on view include tiny religious animal-like figures, funerary masks, and decorative nose rings. Also on view are a number of pieces in tumbaga, an alloy of gold and copper, which was highly valued by many cultures for its rarity and durability. Objects are on loan from the Museo del Oro in Colombia.