Man on litter effigy
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
7.3 x 22.86 cm (2 7/8 x 9 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Effigy tunjo portraying a male figure standing on a litter, its parallel poles being carried by litter bearers (seven survive). The main figure’s elaborate clothing and body adornments and the double-staff adorned object in front of him indicate high status, perhaps identifying him as a ruler.
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