Human effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Seated human figure with hands on knees and an unidentifiable object cradled along the figure’s proper left side. The headdress consists of a central circular element with two protruding wires. Body adornments include a short necklace and a triple-strand longer one with central pendant. Double suspension rings are attached to the spiral ear ornaments, the pendant adornments no longer surviving.
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