Zoomorphic effigy

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

1 x 9 cm (3/8 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.110

Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Serpent or snail effigy with horn-like protuberances on its head. The body is formed by two intertwined metal wires. Small protuberances along the body resemble the dart-anchoring points on spearthrowers.

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