An exhibition of pre-Colombian artifacts, the Gold of Eldorado, opened at the Royal Academy in London on Tuesday (21 November).
An exhibition of pre-Colombian artifacts, the Gold of Eldorado, opened at the Royal Academy in London on Tuesday (21 November). The five hundred gold items on display are said to be worth several million academy in London's West End before the doors opened.
SYNOPSIS: This is the most comprehensive collection of Colombian Indian art and craft work ever to go on display outside South America. It was brought from the Colombian capital of Bogota by the design director of the Museo del Oro there, Mr. Alec Bright.
The Colombian Indians had an abundance of gold; to them it was just another metal in which to fashion ornaments and decorations. The figurines and jewellery had tremendous significance in the their concepts of life and death. Historians believe they made many of these pieces while under the influence of drugs.
Spanish conquistadores, who invaded the new world in the sixteen century to plunder its gold, were ancient vandals who melted down many of the superb treasures into gold bullion. Surviving pieces, such as this magnificent group of figures, called "Gilded Man on Raft", survive in museums and private collections around the world.