Female effigy cache figure

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia


12 x 2.5 cm (4 3/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)




Ritual objects

A seated female figure holds a scepter in her right hand and a spear thrower (or another scepter) in her left hand. A double-ended object, perhaps a knife, hangs from her belt. Her elaborate body adornments include a long three-strand necklacae and a short three-string necklace with circular pendant and eight attached strings ending in a large bead or bell. She wears a thin headband and a horizontal line across her cheeks may represent face painting or beauty scarification.


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