Animal effigy pendant

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 1000–1530


Object Place: Cauca, Sinú, San Jorge or Nechi River Valley, Colombia

Dimensions

1.2 x 1.2 x 2.4 cm (1/2 x 1/2 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.213

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold animal effigy pendant with hollow body. Front legs are pierced for suspension. Front right leg and end of long tail are broken off.

Provenance

Collected by Joaquin Arciniégas, Colombia, by March 1, 1906 (to San José, Costa Rica by May 23, 1908; to San Salvador, El Salvador by June 19, 1916); sold to Doctor Daniel Villatoro Rugama, San Salvador, El Salvador, August 6, 1929; sold to Oliverio Girondo, Paris, January 10, 1930 (to Argentina probably after 1946); with Leon Buki, Buenos Aires, Argentina by January 2, 1975; with Alphonse Jax, New York, by February 1975; to Landon T. Clay, Boston; to MFA, March 12, 1975, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay