Human effigy lime container

Quimbaya
500 B.C.–A.D. 700


Object Place: Middle Cauca River Valley, Department of Quindío, Colombia

Dimensions

7.3 x 2.54 cm (2 7/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

1973.142

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tools and equipment

Middle Cauca-style cast gold container for holding powered lime used for chewing coca leaves. The figure renders a standing human male wearing multiple rings in his ears.

Provenance

By 1972, sold by Reynold C. Kerr, New York, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1973, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 14, 1973)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay