The National Museum of Colombia inaugurates unique indigenous metallurgy exhibition, ‘Brilliant Dawn’ (2022)

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The National Museum of Colombia last Thursday (Aug. 25) inaugurated one of the most outstanding exhibitions in the country, “Brillant Dawn: The Metallurgy Of Gold In The Native World”.

The new room displays pieces of pre-Hispanic Metallurgy from 12 regions, and is part of the actions of the axis living memory -a new roadmap of the Ministry of Culture- that expresses the importance of heritage spaces and the convergence of people in them from their knowledge and experience.

In the exhibition, there are objects of gold and other precious metals, ceramics, stone pieces and also some of the tools with which metals were worked.

The objects are arranged to respond to the six thematic axes of the room: The transformation of gold; The golden expanses of nature; The body and its brilliance, power, magic and sacrifice; memory protection; Transversal Archaeological Project El Libertador-Phase II Y A flower was born alone, according to information from the Ministry of Culture.

Juliana Restrepo, Director of the National Museum of Colombia told Anadolu Agency Video News (AAVN) that “Brillant Dawn” opened as part of the comprehensive renovation plan of the national museum, in which to understand the work of the pre-Hispanic cultures that occupied Colombian territory 2,000 years ago.

Restrepo said the project began in 2010, noting that “we identified that it was necessary against this history of nation and country in a different way.”

“One of the starting points was the 1991 Constitution, a constitution that understands Colombia as a multicultural nation and that the narrative of the nation had to be like that, it could not be a museum divided into sections, we understood that it had to be narrated differently, that the public feel involved and that all visitors feel represented,” she added.

Francisco Romano, Curator of the Archeology Department of the National Museum of Colombia stated that the exhibition displays 134 pieces of pre-Hispanic goldsmithing and metallurgy, from indigenous peoples who inhabited Colombia.

“There are pieces to adorn the body, which give us indications of manufacture, there are pieces that give us an indication of the relationship that ancient peoples had with their environment, particularly with plants and animals, there are also pieces that exemplify social organization,” explained Romano.

He added that all the historical pieces tell the story of the heritage of Colombia that has “wonderful metallurgical manifestations”. Via REUTERS

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