Male effigy cache figure

Muisca
A.D. 1100–1550


Place of Origin: Cundinamarca and Boyacá Departments, Colombia

Dimensions

10.8 x 2 cm (4 1/4 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.54

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual objects

Standing male effigy figure holds a spear thrower in his right hand and a small rectangular object, perhaps a shield, covers his left hand. He wears a rectancular skull cap, a single strand necklace and a rectangular ear ornament.

Provenance

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