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A Quimbaya Gold Furnace?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Karen Olsen Bruhn*
University of CalgaryCalgary, Alberta, Canada


An unusual hourglass-shaped vessel from a tomb in the middle Cauca Valley, Colombia, is described. This is the area of the so-called Quimbaya culture, in which metal work reached a very high artistic and technical development; however, as yet, no tools definitely used in manufacture of metal objects have been found. It is suggested that the vessel described here is a furnace built to hold a crucible, although, since the vessel was apparently placed new into the tomb, definite identification of its function is not possible.

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