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

1975.60

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Seated male effigy holds a basket in his left hand and a long staff-like object in his right hand. He wears an elaborate belt and a necklace composed of a central spiral element from which radiate long tubular beads or pendants.

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