Snail effigy

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

4.3 x 1.7 cm (1 11/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.137

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Snail shell effigy with open work at one end. This may have been worn as body adornment rather than its being a cache object, although the end is broken and no surviving suspension ring or holes make certain identity impossible.

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