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08 April 2019Gold of the Gods - Treasures of South America and the search for Eldorado
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Gold of the Gods - Treasures of South America and the search for Eldorado Chloe Sayer Monday 08 April 2019

Chloe Sayer is a freelance specialist in the art and culture of Latin America and has lectured in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Australia,  New Zealand and on cruises. She is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and has carried out fieldwork, curated exhibitions and assisted on TV documentaries for BBC and Channel 4. Chloe has made collections in Mexico and Belize for the British Museum and is Research Associate in the Department of World Cultures at the Royal Ontario. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Ohitli medal by the Mexican Government for her longstanding commitment to Mexican culture. She has published several books and also published articles in newspapers, magazines and travel guides.

Chloe will describe how gold in South America had a spiritual importance. Its brilliance evoked the sun – the golden disc that nourished the earth. In Peru and Colombia, goldsmiths made some of the most spectacular treasures of the ancient world. Cast and hammered gold was transformed into sacred offerings for tombs and temples. Europeans, by contrast, saw gold as a commodity – the ultimate symbol of wealth. For decades, Europeans searched in vain for Eldorado, the legendary Golden One. Although many golden treasures were melted down for bullion, magnificent works of art are preserved in the museums of Peru and Colombia.