Male effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
20.95 cm (8 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Standing male figure holds a paddle-like staff or shield in his left hand and a trophy head in his right hand (or perhaps the head is hanging from his belt). His body adornments include two crossed bands across his torso, a rectangular open-work ear ornament (his left one is missing), scarification or face painting and a decorated cap-like headdress.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay