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Chavin 20K Gold Disc with Running Jaguars

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 1000 to 500 BCE. A hand cut and hammered gold disk with a central raised ovalo surrounded by a relief band followed by a relief border depicting running jaguars. The piece contains approximately 82% gold - approximately 20 karat gold. Adding to its effect is the remaining red cinnabar in the recessed areas. Jaguar imagery symbolized power and might throughout the Pre-Columbian world; hence, warriors, rulers, hunters, and shamans alike associated themselves with this king of beasts, the largest and most powerful feline in the New World. Just imagine the effect that this glistening gold jaguar would have had on a warrior's opponent or a ruler's subjects - the wearer channeling the wild feline's strength and ferocity! Size: 3.25" in diameter (8.3 cm); 8.375" H (21.3 cm) on included custom stand.

Interestingly, centuries later when Christopher Columbus was sailing along the coast of Central America, he and his team traded with the indigenous for what they called "mirrors of gold". These were worn around the natives' necks. Although there are no recorded descriptions of these objects, it is possibly that they looked similar to this type, as forms and styles spread throughout the Pre-Columbian world. For more about this exchange, see Fernando Colon, "The Life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus by His Son Ferdinand. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 1959.

Condition: Expected indentations and crease marks commensurate with age. Imagery is still strong.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Hirsch collection, Germany, collected between 1950 and 1960s

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