Male effigy cache figure

A.D. 1100–1550

Object Place: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View




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.


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