Feline effigy pendant

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 500–1550


Object Place: Colombia, Cauca River Valley or Sierra Nevada Santa Marta

Dimensions

1 x .8 x 2.1 cm (3/8 x 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.210

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold, hollow-bodied pendant in the form of a crouching feline. Front legs are suspension rings. One of five (1975.208-1975.212), likely from a necklace.

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