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Muisca, AD 1500

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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
1776x2512px 293.27 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Aperture
F/4.5
Focal Length
33 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 1, 2000, 12:01:05 AM
Sensor Size
8mm
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KamazotzProfessional General Artist
As usual wonderful work. I love the details everywhere. Is this a depiction of a chief?
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

The main source for this reconstruction is a tunjo. Tunjos were also accessible to commoners, and often were used to represent all kind of social classes. Therefore, it’s likely that the said tunjo doesn’t depict a cacique, but rather an uta or sybyn (capitanes of high and low rank). 

Thank you for this interesting comment.

ucumari's avatar
Oro, oro lo cubre por eso es llamado el Dorado, muy bueno
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

You are right, metal fulfilled a fundamental role in the religious world of the Musicas and the legend of El Dorado was always in my mind when I painted this. I decided not to use the famous votive raft (staging the ceremony of El Dorado) as a model for the reconstruction as there are many ceramics demonstrating that the Muisca also wore great amount of metal ornaments on other occasions. This is also confirmed by the Spanish chroniclers. There are so many achievements of the Muiscas which are fascinating: They perfected weaving techniques, colouring their fabrics with mineral and plant pigments. They used mummification, had tejuelos which functioned as a sort of money, and practiced long distance trade. I wished I could paint more of them.

Thank you so much for your interesting comment. It’s always welcomed. 

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Serujio22Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, the representation was splendid and beautiful as I imagined it
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Big big thank you my friend! 
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MariaJoseCreationsStudent General Artist
beautiful
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Very much appreciate that! Big thank to you.
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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Nicely done! :love: And so lovely to see some more Muisca art, there isn't a lot around as far as I'm concerned 
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Very glad you like it. You are right: There aren’t many pictures on this topic, although the archaeology on the Muisca is expanding. Recently they excavated Infiernito site, an early Muisca astronomical site with monumental structures:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Infie…

Really impressive.
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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist
That's so fascinating! Thanks for sharing the link :)
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
always welcome
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
I feel happy you like it. Indeed, a very fascinating culture
GregMele's avatar
Thanks to your first illustration of these people, I went and read up on them -- a fascinating culture, indeed
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