Serpent effigy

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia


5.3 x 0.7 cm (2 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy

Not On View




Ritual objects

Serpent effigy whose undulating body is decorated with twisted wire. Its tongue protrudes from its open mouth.


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