Place of Origin: Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia
1 x 9 cm (3/8 x 3 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Copper and gold alloy
Not On View
Serpent or snail effigy with horn-like protuberances on its head. The body is formed by two intertwined metal wires. Small protuberances along the body resemble the dart-anchoring points on spearthrowers.
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