Finial with bird-helmeted figure Artist: Unknown




2 × 2 3/16 × 7/8 in. (5.1 × 5.5 × 2.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas T. Solley, B.A. 1950

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With André Emmerich Gallery, New York, by 1965 ( LC-22); sold to Thomas T. Solley (1924–2006), Bloomington, Ind., December 21, 1976; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2002

  • "Acquisitions 2002," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2003), 131
  • Rebecca Stone-Miller, Art of the Andes: From Chavin to Inca (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995), for general information about gold work in the Northern Andes
  • Julie Jones, The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, exh. cat. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1985), 170–1, no. 44, ill
  • Professor George A. Kubler, The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, 3d ed. (New York: Penguin Books, 1984),
  • Peter T. Furst, Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon: Gold and Emerald Treasures of Colombia, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: National History Museum Alliance of Los Angeles County, 1981),
  • Heather Lechtman, Pre-Columbian Metallurgy of South America (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1979), pgs. 1–40
  • Clemencia Plazas de Nieto and Ana María Falchetti de Sáenz, El Dorado Colombian Gold: A Selection of Ancient Gold Objects from the Museo del Oro, Bogotá, Colombia, exh. cat. (Sydney: Australian Art Exhibitions Corp, 1978),
  • André Emmerich, Sweat of the Sun and Tears of the Moon: Gold and Silver in Pre-Columbian Art (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1965),
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Object/Work type

animal art, human figures (visual works), pendants (jewelry)

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