Human effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
5.6 x 2.5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Seated effigy figure with arms folded across the abdomen. The wire that defines limbs, clothing and adornments is unusually thick for tunjo figures. Modern polishing on lower section of the rear of the tunjo.
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