Zoomorphic effigy pendant

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 500–1530

Object Place: Quindío or Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Colombia


Overall: 1.2 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm (1/2 x 1 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Cast gold, open backed zoomorphic effigy pendant perhaps representing a crouching feline. The front paws terminate in suspension rings. One of a group of bead-like pendants 1975.214-.217.


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