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English: Muisca raft, representation of the initiation of the new Zipa in the lake of Guatavita, possible source of the legend of El Dorado. It was found in a cave in Pasca, Colombia in 1856, together with many other gold objects. It is 19.5 cm long, 10.1 cm wide and 10.2 cm high. Dated between 1200 and 1500 BC. It is made of an alloy of gold (80%), silver and copper, by using the lost wax method. The cacique in the centre is surrounded by attendants and oarsmen. Colombia Official Tourism Portal
Español: La balsa muisca es una figura artística de orfebrería precolombina votiva. La figura hace alusión a la ceremonia de la leyenda de El Dorado. Fue hallada por tres campesinos a principios de 1856 en una cueva in Pasca (Cundinamarca).

See also Museo del Oro

Date 19 January 2006
Source World66
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