Male effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
2.7 x 12.9 cm (1 1/16 x 5 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Male effigy figure holds a dart in his right hand and a spearthrower in his left hand, although the spearthrower lacks the hooked element characteristic of this weapon. The absence of the hook may reflect this figure’s lesser amount of detail than is seen on other Muisca effigies. He wears a rectangular skull cap with chin strap.
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