Cartagena has its own gold museum—smaller than that of Bogotá, to be sure, but with equally exquisite objects. Most of them come from the Zenu culture of the Caribbean plains beginning about 800-500 A.D. Many of these are made by the lost wax process, which is a giant pain. I’ll show you some of the nicest things, concentrating (as usual) on the fauna. As always, click on the photos to enlarge them.
First, some birds:
Unknown animal (again, your guess is as good as mine):
Another unknown animal, perhaps a jaguar:
Two unknown animals; the one on the left may be another jaguar:
Two figures with filigree:
And, finally, two lost-wax figures: