Brass Zenú Earrings

$75.00

Brass Zenú Earrings

$75.00
Description

3D printed replica earrings from SAMA's collection.

Brass

Measure 2.5"x1.25"

 

The original inspiration for these replica earrings can be viewed in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Art of the Americas before 1521 gallery. Made of gold (or a gold alloy with copper), they were created using the lost wax cast method by peoples of the Zenú culture who lived in the gold-rich, Caribbean coastal region of Columbia. Many earrings like these have been found within the region, which suggests they were popular adornments among Zenú society’s elites. They were also the most common export to other nearby locales. Goldworking continues to remain an important activity among modern Zenú. The small gap in the suspension loop is where the earring would have been inserted into the ear. The zig-zag pattern within the semi-circular area has been interpreted as representative of snakeskin. Along the top, flat portion of the earrings are four animals meant to represent mammals, such as deer or felines. Animals are one of the most common motifs in Zenú goldwork and are symbolically linked to Zenú concepts of the cosmos.