Male effigy cache figure
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia
8.8 x 2.3 cm (3 7/16 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Copper and gold alloy
Not On View
Standing male effigy figure holds a spear thrower in his right hand and a thin rectangular object that may be a snuff tray in his left hand. He wears a rectangular skull cap typical of Muisca tunjo effigies.
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