The Use of Gold and Other Metals Among Ancient Inhabitants of Chiriqui, Isthmus of Darien, Issue 3

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1887 - Art metal-work - 27 pages
 

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Page 25 - In the Summer of 1890 there was purchased from the American Contracting and Dredging Company the very extensive and valuable plant used so successfully on the eastern end of the Panama Canal from the year 1881 to the collapse of that enterprise in 1 888.
Page 21 - Animal figure, in base metal plated with gold. double loop of wire which extends along the back and incloses a line of minute balls or nodes. The peculiar wings and tail will be best understood by referring to the illustration. The foundation metal is much corroded, being dark and rotten, and the plating ot reddish gold seems to have been coated with a thin film of yellow gold. The profile view gives a good idea of the thickness of tbe metal and of tbo relief of the parts.
Page 22 - ... rest of the army. His son, Nicolas, who was with him, escaped. Morelos had then three hundred prisoners from the Spanish army in his quarters. He turned them over to Nicolas Bravo to dispose of as he would, to save his father's life or to avenge his death. The father Leonardo and the son Nicolas were two of the loveliest characters in history. Pure and true patriots, untrained in war, unused to command, of quiet and gentle natures, they had embraced the cause of Morelos for the reason that it...
Page 20 - One of the means to this end was the erection of a breakwater for pro tection of the entrance. This massive work which will ultimately absorb many hundred thousand cubic yards of the rock excavated from the Divide cut, has been pushed out about 1,000 feet, and is continually being filled in with brush mattresses, rock and hydraulic cement concrete. Quarters for accommodation of the workmen and storage for supplies were erected near this work. A railroad track was laid upon the breakwater as it advanced,...
Page 25 - Bepousse work is not found, save as represented in the crimping and indenting of gold leaf. Engraving and carving were not practiced. It may be considered certain that gilding, or at least plating, was understood. The objects are obtained from ancient graves, of which no record or reliable tradition is preserved. They are all ornaments, no coin, weapon, tool, or utensil having come to my notice.
Page 17 - The heads of the serpents are formed of wire folded in triangular form, aud are supplied with two double coils of wire at the sides, as if for ears, and with two little balls of gold for eyes. Similar heads project from the sides of the head and from the feet of the image. The peculiarities of construction are seen to good advantage in this specimen. The figure is made up of a great number of separate pieces, united apparently by pressure or by hammering while the material was somewhat plastic. Upwards...
Page 24 - Mexican bell, doubt, in the rattle, at first a nut-shell or a gourd; later it was modeled in clay, and in time the same idea was worked out in the legs and ornaments of vessels and in the heads and other parts of life forms, which were made hollow and supplied with tinkling pellets. With the acknowledged skill of these people in the working of metals, there is no reason why the bells described should not have been manufactured independently of European aid and influence. It should be observed that...
Page 31 - ... some with priests and people at worship. On the walls of some of the temples we saw the marks of the human hand as though it had been steeped in blood and pressed against the white wall. We were told that it was the custom when seeking from the gods some benison to note the vow by putting the hand into a liquid and printing it on the wall. This was to remind the...
Page 26 - ... engineers employed on the line have been and are of known and tried ability. Those in positions of chief responsibility have had extensive practice in works of engineering construction in the United States and the tropics. The engineers, administrative staff, surveyors, and nearly all the skilled mechanics have been hired in the United States and sent out under contract for at least a year's service, and several have been continuously employed in Nicaragua for upwards of three years. Natives...
Page 68 - Osiris, being now become king of Egypt, applied himself towards civilizing his countrymen, by turning them from their former indigent and barbarous course of life; he moreover taught them how to cultivate and improve the fruits of the earth; he gave them a body of laws to regulate their conduct by, and instructed them in that reverence and worship which they were to pay to the gods.

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