Tolita-Tumaco peoples / Standing Figure / 1st-5th centuryTolita-Tumaco peoples
Standing Figure
1st-5th century

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Creator Nationality: North American; Central American; Mesoamerican; Tolita-Tumaco
Creator Name-CRT: Tolita-Tumaco peoples
Title: Standing Figure
View: Side View
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 1st-5th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Metalwork-Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: hammered gold
Dimensions: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1995.427
Credit Line: Jan Mitchell and Sons Collection, Gift of Jan Mitchell, 1995

The three-dimensional figures of the Tolita-Tumaco area are among the most striking of Precolumbian gold objects. The present example is particularly distinguished by its fancy nose ornament, evidence that some form of headdress was once present, and by the position of the hands, which originally held objects now missing. The feet too have been lost. Made of many pieces of high-quality sheet gold, the figure may have been clothed for special occasions. The Tolita-Tumaco style area crosses the Ecuador-Colombia border along the humid Pacific coast.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1995.427
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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