Zoomorphic textile or body adornment

Nariño or Calima
500 B.C.– A.D. 300

Object Place: Colombia


12.7 x 3.81 cm (5 x 1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)


Americas, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Hammered sheet gold adornment for attachment to clothing or stringing as part of an elaborate pectoral. One end is decorated with the head of a crested zoomorph. Four tiny perforations along the sides allow for attachment or stringing. One of two (see 1971.150).


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