Finial with birds and human figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

16.51 x 3.81 cm (6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1975.136

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Staff end or finial embellished with opposing birds with rounded crests at its tip and a human figure on the shaft. The finial’s shaft is decorated with the image of a human figure resembling tunjo effigy figures.

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