Zoomorphic effigy

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Object Place: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

1.8 x 0.6 x 3.5 cm (11/16 x 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.178

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Cast metal effigy in the form of a zoomorph, perhaps based on a snail, with elongated body and thin wires representing forelegs and feather-like elements atop its head.

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