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Lime Dipper with Figurine Handle

Artist Culture
Calima
Period
Yotoco, 200 BC–1200 AD
Date
c.300–1000
Material
Gold and copper
From
Colombia, South America
Classification
Metalwork
Current Location
On View, Gallery 112
Dimensions
9 7/16 in. (24 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Morton D. May
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
220:1979
NOTES
An acrobatic duo balances on top of a copper and gold-banded pin in this miniature masterpiece of the goldsmith's art. One acrobat stands on his hands with his back playfully arched for balance; the other much smaller acrobat lies below, supporting him. This unusual object was probably inserted through the folds of a garment to keep it closed. The scene may represent a courtly entertainment enjoyed by the elite of Calima culture in southwestern Colombia. The successful fusion of copper and gold was accomplished through a combination of lost-wax casting and soldering.
- 1979
Morton D. May (1914–1983), St. Louis, MO, USA

1979 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Morton D. May [1]



Notes:
[1] A letter dated July 5, 1979 from Morton D. May to James N. Wood records the donation [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, October 10, 1979.
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