Male effigy cache figure

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Cundinamarca and Boyacá Departments, Colombia


10.4 x 2.3 cm (4 1/8 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, copper and base metal alloy

Not On View




Ritual objects

Standing male effigy figure holds a spear thrower in his right hand and a tiny unidentified object is clenched in his left hand. A trophy head hangs from his belt and rests on his left thigh. He wears a rectangular skull cap with chin strap and a long necklace with seven small pendants.


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