Circular nose ornament

Quimbaya or Calima (?)
A.D. 100–1530

Place of Origin: Cauca and Magdalena River Valleys, Department of Quindío, Colombia


3.6 x 4.4 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Nose rings

Nose ornament made from a relatively heavy sheet of hammered gold. One of many similar adornments (see 1975.247-1975.262).


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