Serpent effigy

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia


36.83 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)




Ritual objects

Serpent effigy with two braided rows of wire indicatings its spine. Its mouth is open with fangs and tongue protruding.


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