Male effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia
3.8 x 2.3 cm (1 1/2 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Copper and gold alloy
Not On View
Human male effigy figure holding a spearthrower in his right hand and a dart (?) in his left hand. One ear/ear ornament survives, and he wears a double-strand necklace with circular pendant around his neck. His head is cast in three-dimensions. The lower half of the effigy’s body has been removed, the cut edge being well-smoothed.
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