Deer-headed serpent effigy
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia
1.5 x 0.8 x 8 cm (9/16 x 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Serpent-bodied, deer-headed effigy with protruding tongue. The three-dimensional body is decorated with incised cross-hatching and small circular indentations.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay