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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; First Edition edition (21 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714125415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714125411
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 24.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elisenda Vila Llonch is a curator at the British Museum, specializing in pre-Columbian art and architecture. She helped curate the exhibition 'Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler'and is the author of Moctezuma and the Aztecs.

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I just got the book and I have to say I am excited and pleased about it.

As a Colombian myself I think there should be more books created in our country to share with the world the marvels of gold craftmanship done in pre-hispanic times, but there is an almost unfair lack of literature for general audience on this topic,

Here comes this book to fill the void. Published by the British Museum, the book is printed in high quality paper and with beautiful pictures that do a good job trying to represent the marvelous pieces part of the collection of the gold museum in Bogota, Colombia. And when I say "try" I don't mean to look down the quality of the pictures which is superb; it's because nothing beats the experience of looking at the pieces live on the museum.

The book is not limited to gold, pottery and historical background make a pleasant combination. The reference to San Agustin (another of marvel that does not have the spotlight it deserves) is a welcomed addition.

If you want to see and amaze with the magnificent pieces that gave birth to "El Dorado" myth this is the book for you. Because for ancient inhabitants of the land that will be later called Colombia "El Dorado" was far from a myth; it was a reality created by the gifted hands of people who saw in gold a way to express devotion for their deities.
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By Viviana on 10 July 2014
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Excellent research. The history of some of the most representative tribes in Colombia. Very good photos of the very impressive artifacts exhibited at the British Museum.
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By camilla on 14 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent guide to this brilliant exhibition. The price was very reasonable in comparison to that charged at the British Museum.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anita saldanha on 13 Jan. 2014
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Arrived promptly and brand new as described. Very useful if like me you limited knowledge & understanding of the historical , socio, religious setting of the region
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Spectacular 6 Dec. 2014
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This is an exhibition catalogue for a joint exhibition organized by the British Museum and the Museo del Oro, Bogota, Colombia. The latter has some of the finest examples of Colombian gold and we're very fortunate to have such a well printed and well presented book documenting many of the objects from their collection. Perhaps the only downside is that the most famous gold sculpture - the Muisca raft - only gets a smallish image. Everything else, though, is reproduced very well. Aside from many gold pieces there are also a few ceramic ones. Objects vary from elaborate nose ornaments and diadems to ocarinas, rattles, and fishing hooks (made of gold, those were). Also represented are tools the goldsmiths used.
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