When the European conquistadors first arrived on
the shores of the New World, they were
astonished by the golden ornaments worn by the
native peoples. A legend soon arose of a place
called El Dorado, a splendid city built all of gold.
Though El Dorado always eluded the adventurers
who sought its riches, there was indeed a
remarkable amount of gold in the Americas. This
radiant pectoral, elegant in its unadorned
simplicity, may once have been worn by a Sinu
noble. It speaks of a culture with a refined
aesthetic sense. As we hold this jewel in our
hands today, we cannot but wonder it the person
who first wore it so long ago delighted in its
beauty as we do.