Male effigy cache figure

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamara and Boyacá, Colombia


4.2 x 4.5 x 2 cm (1 5/8 x 1 3/4 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View




Ritual objects

Cast effigy figure portraying a seated male with arms folded across the top of his flexed legs. Legs and arms are created by metal wire attached to the slab torso.


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