Frog effigy pendant with attached disk

Quimbaya or Muisca
A.D. 500–1550

Object Place: Quindío or Cundinamarca and Boyacá Departments, Colombia


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

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Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



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.


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