Serpent effigy with open mouth, decorated head, and intertwined strands along length of body
Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
10.16 cm (4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Serpent effigy with braided wire along its back indicating the spine. Its mouth is open and its tongue protrudes. Whisker-like forms adorn its head.
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