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Band with animal effigy head

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Fragment of an open-work band, possibly a head or arm band. A small animal effigy head, perhaps a deer (only one antler-like form survives), protrudes from one end of the band. Also see fragments 1975.126 and 1975.127.


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

Muisca, A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin

Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia


1.6 x 3.4 cm (5/8 x 1 5/16 in.) (2.7 cm height w/animal head)

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Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




Jewelry / Adornment