Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

12.06 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1975.46

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Seated male effigy figure holding a serpent staff or spearthrower in his right hand and a shield or snuff tray in his left hand. He wears a tall skull cap with three rings to which were attached adornments (only one survives). His earflares are represented by spirals and his long, single strand necklace includes an oval pendant.

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