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This spectacular collection is worth its weight in gold
This exhibition explores the legend of El Dorado, a mythical golden city, through ornaments, adornments and artwork fashioned from this precious metal in ancient Colombia.
Many of the items in this collection are extremely valuable: not only are they worth their weight in gold, they also have enormous historical and cultural significance.
The exhibition features over 200 items from the Museo del Oro, Bogota, Colombia, along with a further 100 from the British Museum 's own collection.
Sophisticated metalworking techniques were used: for example some pieces are made of an alloy of gold mixed with copper. Some of the jewellery and ornaments are decorated with fabric or feathers. There are also some well-preserved examples of pottery and ceramics.
Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia From 17 October 2013 - 23 March 2014
Ticket prices: Adults £10, children under 16 free when accompanied by a paying adult. Concessions (students and groups) £8