Bat effigy pendant

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 500–1530

Object Place: Quindío or Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Colombia


Overall: 2.5 x 0.6 x 0.5 cm (1 x 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Cast gold abstract bat pendant, likely one of many that comprised a necklace. Small suspension holes are pierced through the sides of the elongated, hollow body.


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