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Beyond El Dorado, Colombia @BritishMuseum open until 23 March, 2014

Beyond El Dorado, Colombia @BritishMuseum open until 23 March, 2014

Latinos in London proudly invite you to an special exhibition by The british Museum & Museo del Oro Colombia: "El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia" - London 17 October 2013 – 23 March 2014. Explore the wonder of the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish and enjoy the live music, dance and workshops we will be curating!

Tickets *** Standard £10.00 buy here

16-18 years £8.00 /// Under 16 years £0.00 /// Student £8.00 /// Disabled person £8.00 /// Disabled person's assistant £0.00 /// National Art Pass £5.00 /// Unemployed £8.00

For centuries Europeans were dazzled by the legend of a lost city of gold in South America. The truth behind this myth is perhaps even more fascinating. El Dorado – literally ‘the golden one’ – refers to the ritual that took place at Lake Guatavita, near modern Bogotá. A man, covered in powdered gold, dived into the lake and emerged as the new chief of the Muisca people. Although gold was not valued as currency in pre-Hispanic Colombia, it had great symbolic meaning. It was one way the elite could publicly assert their rank and semi-divine status, both in life and in death.


The exhibition features over 200 fascinating objects from Museo del Oro, Bogotá, and around 100 from the British Museum’s collection. They show technologically advanced and sophisticated goldworking techniques, including the use of an alloy composed of gold and copper, and the use of textiles, feathers, stones and ceramics. These beautiful and detailed works display a level of complex craftsmanship that perfectly marries art and skill, and show the differences in techniques and designs across the region.

With a focus on the craftsmanship of peoples including the Muisca, Quimbaya, Calima and Tairona, the exhibition presents the complex network of societies in ancient Colombia – a hidden world of distinct and vibrant cultures. The remarkable objects reveal glimpses of these cultures’ spiritual lives, including rituals of hallucinogenic transformation, engagement with animal spirits and objects animated through music, dancing and sunlight.

The exhibition uncovers the extraordinary metalworking skill of the peoples of ancient Colombia through a unique collection of objects, some of which are being displayed in the UK for the first time.

Latinos in London Ltd, orgullosamente en colaboracion con The British Museum & Museo del Oro Colombia: "El Dorado: Poder y oro en la Antigua Colombia" - londres 17 octubre - 23 marzo 2014. Explora el mundo de riqueza y diversidad cultural Colombiana anterior a su colonización del siglo 16 y disfruta nuestra seleccion de actividades para ninos, musica en vivo, danzas, talleres y mucho mas..

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