Perhaps the most famous tourist site in Bogotá is the Museo del Oro—the Gold Museum. With more than 55,000 pieces, it’s the world’s largest collection of native American gold objects.
I went two days ago, but went a bit jaded, thinking, “How good can this really be?” Well, it’s really good—fantastic, in fact—and I spent three hours wandering around and taking photographs. I could easily have stayed for a few more hours.
What I’d like to do in this post is simply show some of the animals, a small subset of all the objects on display (I may show some other stuff later). I don’t have dates for most of these, because they weren’t given, but these are all pre-Hispanic, with some going back three thousand years. You can see a short video here.
Now, los animales. First, a beautiful gold flying fish. (Click on all pictures to enlarge them.)
And what was described as a catfish:
Three beautiful birds (the first is dated):
Bats (hanging upside down):
A jaguar mask (jaguars were of immense symbolic importance in many Mesoamerican cultures):
And finally, some unidentified animals. Your guess is as good as mine: