Neck of a lime flask & Figure of a woman by Unknown Artist

When purchased this was two objects soldered together consisting of a female figure seated on a stool sat on top of a trumpet-shaped neck of a lime flask.


Details

Medium:
Gold & copper alloy
Dimensions:
Height: 16.2 cm
Art Fund grant:
£150 ( Total: £150)
Acquired in:
1940
Vendor:
Lady Davis

The flask neck (illustrated) is adorned with six human masks and around the bottom edge are four holes for the attachment of the rest of the flask. Both objects owe their surface brilliance to a process which retains the gold on the exterior. The work originated in the Cauca Valley and is ascribed to the ancient Quimbaya people, contemporary with the Incas in Peru.

Provenance

Made by the Quimbaya people of the Cauca state of Columbia.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

Entry details

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