Zoomorphic textile or body adornment

Nariño or Calima
500 B.C.–A.D. 300

Object Place: t, Colombia


12.6 x 3.6 cm (4 15/16 x 1 7/16 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. See 1975.149 for a similar object. One of two (see 1971.149).


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