Frog effigy pendant with attached disk

Quimbaya or Muisca
A.D. 500–1550


Object Place: Quindío or Cundinamarca and Boyacá Departments, Colombia

Dimensions

Overall: 2 x 4 x 0.3 cm (13/16 x 1 9/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.222

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast, hammered, and cut sheet gold frog effigy with ring at base of spine to which is attached a gold disk. Body is hollow and underside is covered with a separate plate of gold with two cut-out triangles, indicating that the pendant may have been a bell pendant. A small suspension ring is fashioned from part of the cut gold plate.

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