- Museum number
Fruit-shaped vessel with lid (Am1910,1202.7.b) made in tumbaga by lost-wax casting with core. Its form depicts a flattened 'totuma', the fruit of the gourd tree (Crescentia cujete) employed in Central and South America to make vessels and other artefacts. Two rectangular holes in opposite sides near the edge might have been used to carry it from a cord.
- Production date
Height: 15.50 centimetres (vessel+lid)
Width: 7.50 centimetres (vessel+lid)
- Curator's comments
- It was probably used to carry coca leaves holding it from a cord tied to two opposite rectangular holes placed towards the edge. The flat form would have allowed the vessel to be carried comfortably.
- On display (G24/dc7)
- Exhibition history
1978-1979, London, BM, The Gold of El Dorado
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
2013 Oct 17 - 2014 Mar 23. BM, 'Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia'
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number