Coiled basket effigy
Object Place: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia
1 x 2 x 2 cm (3/8 x 13/16 x 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Copper and gold alloy
Not On View
Semi-hemispherical form that may be a basket effigy with ring base and two tiny handles on the rim. It may have been attached to a human effigy tunjo or composite tunjo sculpture, the remains of possible attachment points visible on one side of the object. Alternatively, this may be part of some type of body adornment.
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.
Gift of Landon T. Clay