Frog effigy pendant

Quimbaya
Caldas complex
A.D. 1000–1530


Place of Origin: Cauca and Magdalena River Valleys, Department of Quindío, Colombia

Dimensions

2.5 x 2.2 cm (1 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.223

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold frog effigy pendant with open backed body. A suspension ring is attached to the underside of its head. See 1975.224 and 1975.225 for similar pendants.

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