Oliva is from Pereira, a Colombian city located in the foothills of the Andes. This region was populated by the Quimbaya and Pijao cultures. Quimbayas were noted for their spectacular gold work.Their most emblematic piece is the "poporo" which is depicted as the pendant that adorns the necklace in her portrait. Gold was considered a sacred material and a passport for the afterlife, hence the butterflies in the background as a symbol of transformation.
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