The once lost #heritage of ancient #Colombia acquired much attention for its reputed #art works, which unlike those of their #European counterparts were not stone sculptures or painted #frescos but gold artefacts.
Contrary to popular belief, El Dorado (Spanish for ‘golden one’) was not originally a city but a chief from the Muisca tribe. In an initiation ritual he covered himself in gold dust, subsequently baptising his location as the Lost City of Gold.
Latin America, particularly #Colombia, have always placed great value in the power of the supernatural. Golden animal works were not just for #aesthetic #pleasure but had symbolic value too. Think back to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ – the iconic tale bases itself on the history of Columbia, weighing heavily on #supernatural influences in addition to the pivotal role of #animals in the making and destruction of the country.
These works of art from Columbia connote the #spirituality of the country’s heritage and culture, merging life, death and the afterlife, #riches and #poverty, people and animals, all of which are encircled within a strong, mystical and golden higher power.