Colombian Gold Helmet

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Jade Koekoe
published on 09 January 2017
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Gold alloy (tumbaga), 500 BCE - 700 BCE. Colombia.

Gold was an important material in ancient Colombia. It had a symbolic association with the creative energy of the Sun. This helmet would not have been used in battle but instead would have marked the status of the warrior wearing it, symbolically strengthening him by association with the sun's power.

This image was taken at the National Museum of Australia in the British Museum travelling exhibition A History of the World in 100 (and 1) Objects.

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Jade Koekoe
Jade is a Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

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Koekoe, J. (2017, January 09). Colombian Gold Helmet. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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