American Pictures/ Tony Morrison
The La Tolita (Ecuador) culture lasted from ca 600BC to 400AD and
produced some of the finest pre-Columbian gold artifacts. The goldsmiths worked
in gold, silver, platinum, tumbaga (an alloy of copper and gold) and copper.
This 'sungod mask' is its most famous piece, being now the emblem of the Banco
Central, but it is often erroneously referred to as Inca. Museo
del Banco Central