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Hammered sheet gold burial mask. The Calima culture of Colombia's southern highlands is renown for its outstanding gold artworks. The region's rivers were rich in placer gold, and the Calima people were famous for their sumptuous use of nearly pure gold objects as personal adornments. This...

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1975, acquired in Europe by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York; February 28, 1975, sold by Jax to Landon Clay, Boston; 2004, year-end gift of Landon T. and Lavinia Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 23, 2005)

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Calima, 100 B.C.–A.D. 900

Object Place

Valle de Cauca Department, Colombia


15.56 x 16.83 cm (6 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold alloy