Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

4.4 x 1.8 cm (1 3/4 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.93

Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Seated male human figure with arms upraised across chest. Thin wires representing his hair stand erect from the top of his head. Two thin bands encircle his forehead.

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