Female effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
12 x 2.5 cm (4 3/4 x 1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
A seated female figure holds a scepter in her right hand and a spear thrower (or another scepter) in her left hand. A double-ended object, perhaps a knife, hangs from her belt. Her elaborate body adornments include a long three-strand necklacae and a short three-string necklace with circular pendant and eight attached strings ending in a large bead or bell. She wears a thin headband and a horizontal line across her cheeks may represent face painting or beauty scarification.
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