Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

5.71 cm (2 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1975.83

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Three-dimensional male effigy figure holding a long scepter or spear thrower. Atypical of tunjo effigies are the diagonal slits that represent ribs and a ring attached to the figure’s nose. He wears an open-work headdress with two rings for the suspension of adornments (only the proper left one survives). Carbonzied casting core material is intact.

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