Male effigy cache figure

A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia


6.35 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy Gold and copper alloy

Not On View




Ritual objects

Male figure holds a baton or spear thrower in his left hand, and a small bag or trophy head is suspended from his right shoulder. He wears a rectangular open-work headdress, a long double-strand necklace and a short necklace with small pendant. The lower part of the figure has broken away from the tunjo, and thus it is not known if the figure were standing or seated.


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