Cast gold pectoral of a shaman. Popayán, 1100-1500. Height: 30 cm. Photo ©The Trustees of the British Museum.
All that Glitters: Gold of the Circum-Caribbean, a book exhibit on the gold of Panama, Costa Rica, and Caribbean Colombia, will be on view in the research library through March 2014.
The exhibit is presented in association with the workshop in Pre-Columbian Studies, “Ancient Central American and Colombian Art at Dumbarton Oaks.” In addition to books, the exhibit also includes jewelry reproductions of Pre-Columbian objects from the Dumbarton Oaks collection. The reproductions, which are available for purchase from the museum shop, are created using the lost wax process. They are cast in bronze and plated, first in silver, then in gold.