Zoomorphic pendant beads

A.D. 500–1530

Object Place: Cauca and Magdalena River Valleys, Department of Quindío, Colombia


Alligators average 3 cm. long; fish/birds average 1.8 cm long; abstract insects average 2 cm. long

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

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Americas, Jewelry



Twenty-one zoomorphic pendent beads of embossed sheet gold whose form recalls that of an alligator or a fish.


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