Anthropomorphic bird effigy beads

Tolima
200 B.C.–A.D. 1000


Object Place: Magdalena River Valley, Department of Tolima, Colombia

Dimensions

1.2 x 2.1 cm (1/2 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.141

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Beads

Cast gold anthropomorphic bird effigy beads, each with a suspension ring on the underside of the beak area.

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