...Explores the richness, diversity and skilled craftsmanship of several of the cultures present in pre-Hispanic Colombian territory.
    Minerva magazine

    The catalogue provides a permanent record of an outstanding exhibition.
    Infobarrel

    Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia

    SKU: cmc25411

    Now £15.00 Members' price * Was £19.99

    About

    The accompanying title to the British Museum exhibition, Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia, 17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014.

    For the people of Colombia, the value of gold lay in the symbolic and transformative properties associated with its colour, aura and malleability. It was used to fashion some of the most visually dramatic and technically sophisticated works of art found anywhere in the Americas before European contact.

    Drawing on the spectacular collections of the Museo del Oro in Bogota and the British Museum, this beautiful book features over 150 masterpieces fashioned exquisitely in gold, including tiny votive figures, decorative nose rings, vessels, pectorals and masks.

    Through these diverse objects, the author explores the myth and ritual of El Dorado (the golden man) and the legend of the lost city of gold that fascinated European explorers for over two centuries; the use of gold objects by spiritual leaders for healing, divination and guidance in the dangerous mystical ‘soul journey’; the importance of gold in marking the threshold between the living and the dead; and the legacy of pre-Hispanic traditions in the northern Andes today.

    Author

    Elisenda Vila Llonch is a curator at the British Museum, specialising in pre- Columbian art and architecture. She helped curate the exhibition ‘Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler’ and is the author of Moctezuma and the Aztecs.

    Specification

    Product code: cmc25411
    Details: Accompanies the Museum exhibition of the same name
    Exhibition: Beyond El Dorado
    World culture: Americas
    Title: Kitaj Prints
    Subtitle: Power and gold in ancient Colombia
    Author: Elisenda Vila Llonch
    ISBN: 978 0 7141 2541 1
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 192 pages
    Size: 24.5cm x 24.5cm
    llustrations: 200 colour illustrations
    Publication date: September 2013
    Weight: 0.929kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

    Every purchase supports the Museum

    Delivery & returns

    Free UK delivery on all BMP books (up to a maximum of 5kg).

    Delivery charges for the rest of the world: are calculated depending on the weight (kg) and destination of the order.

    Estimated Delivery times:
    UK and Europe: 5 - 10 working days.
    Rest of the world: 10 to 28 working days.

    For more information, please see our full Delivery policy here

    Returns
    If for any reason you are not entirely happy with books and other products purchased from the shop, we will refund the value of the goods supplied. Please contact Customer Services directly on 0800 218 2222 (or from abroad on +44 (0)20 7079 0970) for individual advice.

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges on pierced earrings for hygiene reasons, unless they are faulty.

    For more information, please see our full Returns policy here