Animal effigy pendant

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 500–1550

Object Place: Cauca, Sinú, San Jorge or Nechi River Valley, Colombia


1.6 x 1 x 1.6 cm (5/8 x 3/8 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Hollow-bodied animal effigy with front legs pierced for suspension. Rear half of animal is broken off.


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