I absolutely love the designs from the South American Tairona and Zenu Tribes, which inhabited the north coast of Colombia, and also were just two of many indigenous groups that thrived in what is today Colombia.
The design of these cast filigree ear ornaments is one of the most renowned features of the goldsmith's art of prehispanic Colombia. They represent the intricate many canals built to control the floods.
They settled further up the mountains, building stone cities, such as Ciudad Perdida.
This cast filigree Nose Ornament is reminiscent of the butterflies that inhabit the Sierra Nevada is the inspiration of our Tairona Butterfly Earrings.
The Magdalena Pendant shows two snakes with forked tongues decorating the borders of the ear ornament.
In the history of the Americas, the pre-Columbian era spans from the original settlement of North and South America in the Upper Paleolithic period through European colonization, which began with Christopher Columbus's voyage of 1492.
Where did the inspiration of Pre-Columbian art come from?
Their work was inspired by deep spiritual beliefs and the art seemed to be a universal language. There is a deep connection to the land and this is reflected in the traditional creation stories that inspire much of the art.
The dominant arts in the pre-Columbian era included pottery, metalworking, featherwork and mosaic.