Feline effigy pendant
Quimbaya or Tairona
Object Place: Department of Magdalena or Quindío, Colombia
Overall: 3 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm (1 3/16 x 7/16 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Cast gold, hollow-bodied feline effigy with up-curled tail. Body is rendered as a simple abstract triangular form with no articulation of limbs. Replacing the front legs are small suspension rings.
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