Feline effigy pendant

Quimbaya or Tairona
A.D. 500–1530

Object Place: Department of Magdalena or Quindío, Colombia


Overall: 3 x 1.1 x 0.5 cm (1 3/16 x 7/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Cast gold, hollow-bodied feline effigy with up-curled tail. Body is rendered as a simple abstract triangular form with no articulation of limbs. Replacing the front legs are small suspension rings.


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