Embossed sheet gold

Calima or Nariño
A.D. 100–1500

Place of Origin: Colombia, Southwestern highlands


6 x 4 cm (2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Keyhole-shaped sheet gold adornment embossed with geometric designs; one of a pair (see 1975.152). A small perforation in the center of the circular part of the adornment allows for attachment or suspension on a string.


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