Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia
4.3 x 1.7 cm (1 11/16 x 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and copper alloy
Not On View
Snail shell effigy with open work at one end. This may have been worn as body adornment rather than its being a cache object, although the end is broken and no surviving suspension ring or holes make certain identity impossible.
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