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Muisca, AD 1500

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Draft.

The Muisca (Muysccubbun) civilization flourished in ancient Colombia between 600 and 1600 CE. Their territory encompassed what is now Bogotá and its environs and they have gained lasting fame as the origin of the El Dorado legend. At the time of the contact they were organized in a loose alliance, which included the zipa of Bacatá, the zaque of Hunza and the iraca of the sun city Sugamuxi (Sogamoso). Important chiefs were Zipa Tisquesusa, Zaque Quemuenchatocha, Iraca Sogamoso and Tundama.

IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
800x969px 789.69 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Shutter Speed
1/64 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
33 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 21, 2009, 10:19:05 PM
Sensor Size
3mm
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Kamazotz's avatar
KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Wonderful illustration! Do you happen to know what Muisca women wore?
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

Thank you, it's so pleasant to hear that, especially from an expert!

In general, Muisca women wore skirts of different lengths (kind of like your ‘Yucatan Postclassic Maya Noblewoman’). Muisca noble women wore mantles knotted on the chest. In addition, they used a lot of jewelry, even the commoners. All textiles were very colorful as the Muiscas were masters in weaving and dying. Some textiles are still preserved and show a great variety of techniques. The main sources for reconstructions are ceramics, Spanish chronicles, and archaeological objects (textiles and ornaments). 

Hope to provide the color version soon.

Kamazotz's avatar
KamazotzProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much. I have been wondering this for a while as I was only able to find male examples. Do you know how these knotted mantles were worn on the chest?
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
You are welcome.

An interesting question. Men wore the mantles knotted on the chest or over the shoulder, a little like the Aztecs. Noble women just draped them over their shoulders, so that most of the arms were covered. 

Thank you for your interesting and challenging questions, and looking forward to your interpretation!
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
ahhh ok, thanks so much! I love your work.
alonsovg's avatar
Pretty cool!
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Really thank you !!
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Serujio22Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impresionante, Magnifico, la representación mas bella que he visto de los muiscas, solo me imagino ver esta obra de arte a color, te agradezco con el alma haber representado con lo que me identifico, mis raíces, y hacerlo de manera sublime y que supera con creces las pocas representaciones que habían de esta cultura tan rica, pero lamentablemente abandonada. !Gracias!
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Gracias por las amables palabras. Las valoro. Admiro las culturas precolombinas de Colombia tanto como fueron muy impresionantes. Colombia puede estar muy orgulloso de estas culturas.
La imagen sigue siendo de color, actualmente solo es un borrador. Muchas gracias por el comentario!
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KhasdannyanlordStudent Traditional Artist
gracias por la info y sorprendente dibujo!
coricancha's avatar
coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Gracias por el amable comentario!! La cultura Muisca fue de hecho muy fascinante.
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KhasdannyanlordStudent Traditional Artist
me gusta por que siempre se hace chiste de los zapotecas parientes de los bibliotecas y discotecas pero una tribu que de verdad se llamaba los muisca (que supongo que se acentuan en la U) mas de uno debe equivocarse a proposito por aquello de los que "tenian buen ritmo" es bueno ver que alguien al subir algo aqui pone explicacion de lo que sube y tu trabajo esta excelente! inspirador a todo nivel!
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Eldr-FireHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, another great piece! I love all the details! What's that hanging from the roof? Can't wait to see it all when it's finished. :D
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
I forgot: a kind of wind chime made of gold or tumbage. Some Spanish chroniclers mention such a roof decoration. It was also common in the Calima area. 
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Eldr-FireHobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!!!!
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Big big thank you my friend!
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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist
This is incredible, I love it so much :love: 
coricancha's avatar
coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Thank you very much ! Very much appreciated. 
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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist
No problem :D
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