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  • Bell with Feline Diety · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    a wooden form and lost wax casting in which a wax model of an object is made and encased in clay which is fired causing the wax to melt and run out through a hole molten gold is then poured into the hole and hardens and the resulting figure is revealed when the clay mold is broken apart Much ancient American gold is naturally alloyed or mixed with copper with percentages of copper rising to as high as 70 percent This material called tumbaga often has a reddish color Ancient Colombian metalworkers developed depletion gilding techniques in which the copper was removed from the gold using organic acids Tairona gold is characterized by almost flamboyant decoration spiraling strands of gold braidwork sprout from the heads of standing rulers who are often adorned with the same pectorals and lip plugs actual chieftains wore The knowledge of goldworking spread from the central and northern Andes into Central America and gradually a blend of techniques and imagery developed into what is known as the International Style Very little of this material survived the Spanish conquest Exhibitions Art of the Ancient Americas The Walters Art Museum Baltimore 2002 2010 Gold of the Ancient Americas

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/30958/bell-with-feline-diety/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Belt Rattle with Bells · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    Provenance Ron Messick Fine Arts Santa Fe New Mexico purchased by John G Bourne Sante Fe ca 1995 given to John G Bourne Foundation 2006 1 given to Walters Art Museum 2013 1 according to Bourne Foundation accounts Credit Gift of John G Bourne Foundation 2013 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/80221/belt-rattle-with-bells/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Bird Figure · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    throughout the Americas served as a simple extension of the arm allowing the user to hurl a short spear with greater force The drilled holes on the underside of the bird form would have been used to attach it to the atlatl with twine Provenance Austen Stokes Ancient Americas Foundation John Stokes as agent March 28 2006 by purchase Arte Primitivo New York as agent Walters Art Museum 2007 by

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/5711/bird-figure/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Bird Pendant · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    of the tropical forest and powerful symbols to early complex societies throughout the Americas others are quetzals elegant iridescent and reclusive birds Throughout much of Mesoamerica s history quetzal feathers green like jade were prized items Exhibitions Art of the Ancient Americas The Walters Art Museum Baltimore 2002 2010 Provenance John Stokes Nyack NY Claudia Lord Stokes New York NY Walters Art Museum 2003 by gift Credit Gift of Claudia

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/27277/bird-pendant/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Bird Plaque · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    Object Creative Commons License Bird Plaque Provenance Credit Provenance The Merrin Gallery New York date and mode of acquisition unknown Private collection 1991 by purchase Walters Art Museum 2009 by gift Credit Anonymous gift 2009 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own collections Creator Peruvian Artist Period AD 200 1520 Medium bone Ivory

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/79407/bird-plaque/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Blackware Vessel · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    Previous Next Additional Views Explore Object Creative Commons License Blackware Vessel Provenance Credit Provenance Fine Arts of Ancient Lands New York date and mode of acquisition unknown Private collection 1990 by purchase Walters Art Museum 2009 by gift Credit Anonymous gift 2009 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own collections Creator Recuay Artist

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/79427/blackware-vessel/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Bone Carving of a Shaman-Vulture · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    fairly rare class of object among northern South American material culture with gold examples attested among the Sinú and bone ones such as this example among the Tairona Although their exact use and meaning remain unclear the presentation on this example of a grimacing humanoid figure surrounded by three symbolically charged creatures seems to represent a shaman in a drug induced trance Throughout Middle America vultures are commonly affiliated with the celestial realm jaguars with the terrestrial realm and serpents with the watery underworld In this example one creature from each level of the Tairona cosmic conceptualization is positioned in relation to the central shaman the vulture is perched above his head the serpent between his legs and in lieu of the common jaguar an apparently lizard like creature is held upside down on the shaman s back The shaman s slightly simian nose and exaggerated grimace mark his altered trace state in effect he has achieved a hyper real super natural state and thus is prepared to communicate directly with the otherworldly spirit representatives of the earth sky and underworld Provenance Austen Stokes Ancient Americas Foundation John Stokes as agent March 14 2006 by purchase Arte Primitivo New York

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/25655/bone-carving-of-a-shaman-vulture/ (2016-02-18)
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  • Bone Object · The Walters Art Museum · Works of Art
    By Period Descending 1 497 48 Previous Next Explore Object Creative Commons License Bone Object Provenance Credit Provenance The Merrin Gallery New York date and mode of acquisition unknown Private collection 1991 by purchase Walters Art Museum 2009 by gift Credit Anonymous gift 2009 Download Image Add to Collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Creative Commons License Add to Collection Connect with Facebook to start your own collections Creator

    Original URL path: http://art.thewalters.org/detail/79401/bone-object/ (2016-02-18)
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