Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Object Place: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

4.3 x 1.3 cm (1 11/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1975.183

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Standing male figure holding a staff-like object (perhaps a spearthrower) in his left hand. Body adornment includes two thin bands around his forehead.

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