Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

3.3 x 13.6 cm (1 5/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.42

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy (metal is yellow rather than the typical orange color)

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Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Large male effigy figure holding a spearthrower in his right hand. His left hand is up-raised on his chest but holds nothing. He wears a single ring ornament in his right ear and a similar adornment is suspended around his neck.

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