Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Accession Number

2004.239

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Male figure with “long rectangular body and short legs, holding a tuber or maize ear in the right hand, and a small cup to the chest, a staff at his side with a bird perched atop and leaning towards the warrior’s face, wearing a collar of long tublular beads and cord necklace, one dangle earring, the rectangular headdress with loops at the four corners for suspension of ornaments, one circular dangle remaining.” [from Sotheby’s catalogue, description text]

Provenance

With Bettina Schwimmer, Chicago, by 1991; to private collection, Chicago, 1991; sold Sotheby's, New York, Sale N07996, lot 120, May 14, 2004; to MFA, June 2004, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay