Human effigy pendant

Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 500–1550

Object Place: Sinú, San Jorge or Nechi River Valley, Departments of Sucre and Cordoba, Colombia


3.6 x 1.8 x 0.4 cm (1 7/16 x 11/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Hollow cast human male effigy figure with arms bent across her chest. A suspension ring is attached to top of the figure’s head.


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