Lip plug (?)

Tairona or Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 1000–1550


Object Place: Sucre, Córdoba, or Magdalena Departments, Colombia

Dimensions

1.6 x 2.5 cm (5/8 x 1 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.133

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Cast gold alloy lip plug or other type of adornment, embellished with braided and looped decoration.

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