Bird effigy with large ring

A.D. 200–1000

Place of Origin: Middle Magdalena River Valley, Department of Tolima, Colombia


Overall: 1.5 x 2.7 cm (9/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Hollow cast gold bird effigy adornment. Its body is pierced through its midsection and a gold wire ring is inserted through the hole. See 1975.229 for a similar object.


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