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.

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.


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

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