Colombian Gold: Window to Another World
April 30, 2014
Artifacts made by goldsmiths before the Spanish conquest are on show at Warsaw’s Royal Castle in an exhibition entitled Colombian Gold. The Art of Ancient America.
The art of making objects of gold and other precious metals flourished before the Spanish conquest in what is now Colombia. The local goldsmiths were some of the finest of their era. The items of show are just a fraction of the vast collection of the Gold Museum in the Colombian capital, Bogota, which comprises over 30,000 artifacts.
Ancient goldsmiths in the Americas worked in a variety of styles and forms, which often included lavish ornamentation. The Warsaw exhibition is a window into cultures that are totally different to our own. The metal objects these goldsmiths produced, made of gold, copper and an alloy of the two metals called tumbaga, reflect the complicated relations between man and nature and many of them have a religious and symbolic significance.
The Royal Castle has organized the exhibition jointly with the Gold Museum in Bogota, under the auspices of the Colombian embassy in Poland.
Until June 3
Colombian Gold. The Art of Ancient America
Royal Castle in Warsaw
1 Zamkowy Sq.