Male effigy cache figure

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia


16.2 x 1.9 cm (6 3/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy

Not On View




Ritual objects

Standing human male effigy figure holding a tubular staff in his right hand and a tray-like object, perhaps a snuff tray in his left hand. He wears a skull cap adorned with a U-shaped element.


By March 1, 1906, collected by Joaquin Arciniégas, Colombia (to San José, Costa Rica by May 23, 1908; to San Salvador, El Salvador by June 19, 1916); August 6, 1929, sold to Doctor Daniel Villatoro Rugama, San Salvador, El Salvador; January 10, 1930, sold to Oliverio Girondo (b. 1891 - d. 1967), Paris (taken to Argentina probably after 1946). January 2, 1975, sold by Leon Buki, Buenos Aires, to Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York; February 15, 1975, sold by Alphonse Jax to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1975, gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 12, 1975)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay