Female with infant effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Object Place: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

2.1 x 1.8 cm (13/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.186

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Upper half of a female effigy figure holding an infant in her left arm. The lower portion of the figure is broken away, and only the head of the infant survives.

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