Male effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
12.06 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Seated male effigy figure holding a serpent staff or spearthrower in his right hand and a shield or snuff tray in his left hand. He wears a tall skull cap with three rings to which were attached adornments (only one survives). His earflares are represented by spirals and his long, single strand necklace includes an oval pendant.
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