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Seller: precolumbianceramics (1,059) 100%, Location: US, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371488417146 This is a reproduction of an original piece from the Tierradentro culture, which flourished between 0 BC-1500 AD in what is the department of Huila, in ths foothills of the Cordillera Central (central mountain range) of Colombia. On the tops of these hill, monumental tombs were excavated, and accessed by small, winding stairways. The interior were themselves a work of art, painted in geometric designs, stylized reptiles and animals, masks and figures, in the sacred colors of red, black and white. Here were kept the burial urns, with the exhumed remains from previous burials, along with treasures of gold and ceramics. In Tierradentro and San Agustin are found the most important archaeological remains of the country, and they are considered by Unesco to form part of the world cultural patrimony. This piece is a ceramic reproduction of an original stone piece, used to grind herbs and spices for culinary and ceremonial use. Little is known about these cultures that occupied the area in and near Colombia. The Tierradentro group were excellent goldsmiths and ceramists, the pieces that have survived are of extraordinary beauty. Because of the abundance of gold in the area, once the Spaniards arrived, whole groups were wiped out to loot the treasures. The legend of El Dorado fueled more and more exploration. Even today, burial grounds can be discovered and pillaged, leaving little to study. Ceramics that remain today are from tombs, and are ceremonial in their use, representing rituals and events in their lives. Governments have now made international trade of these original pieces illegal. As we piece together bits left behind, we can begin to see cultures that were quite amazing, and begin to see how our world is not as large as we often believe. These pieces pay homage to those cultures. They are faithfully reproduced from originals, hand crafted by applying the same techniques and the same natural materials used by ancient potters in its elaboration and decoration. Measurements: 4” tall, 8” wide. Ceramic, monochrome Available in terracotta Powered by eBay Turbo ListerThe free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items. Condition: Open box

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