Pendant with embossed design

Nariño (?)
500 B.C.–A.D. 300

Object Place: Department of Nariño, Colombia, Southwestern highlands


7.9 cm (3 1/16 x 3 1/8 in.) diameter

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)


Americas, Jewelry



Gold disk embossed with a circular design composed of alternating concentric squares and triangles (four of each). Two small perforations near the outside edge allow for suspension or attachment to clothing.


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