Deer-headed serpent effigy
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia
1.8 x 1 x 8.5 cm (11/16 x 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Serpent-bodied, deer-headed effigy with protruding tongue. The three-dimensional body and head are decorated with incised crosshatched motifs. Carbonized casting core material remains inside head.
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