Colombia, Calima Cast Gold Lime Dipper of a Warrior with Animal Perched on Back
Finely cast with tapering shaft terminating in two bands of granulation. Elaborate helmeted warrior wearing a mask and holding a staff with both hands, curving headdress and miniature animal perched on back. According to the research, only limited types of images were used for lime dippers, usually shamans or warriors. See "Calima and Malagana," by Marianne Cardale Schrimpff, p. 115, plate 111.34 for a similar example. Excellent example of lost wax casting. Sotheby’s, New York, private collector, prior to 2000.
Dimensions: Height: 8 1/4"