Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

10.16 x 4.13 cm (4 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.128

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Three-dimensional tunjo male effigy figure. He holds what appear to be a spear thrower and darts in his right hand. His elaborate body adornments include pendant ornaments and a tall headdress with six rings to which are attached adorning flanges. His ribs are indicated by diagonal lines, and two wide bands cross his chest.

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