Man on litter effigy

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

7.3 x 22.86 cm (2 7/8 x 9 in.)

Accession Number

1975.139

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Effigy tunjo portraying a male figure standing on a litter, its parallel poles being carried by litter bearers (seven survive). The main figure’s elaborate clothing and body adornments and the double-staff adorned object in front of him indicate high status, perhaps identifying him as a ruler.

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