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Bird effigy staff head

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Staff head in the form of a water bird with long curved bill.


According to a note in the file: from a river burial, lower Cauca River Valley, in the vicinity of Medellín, Colombia. with Walter Channing Wyman, Chicago (?), by 1923; to MFA, October 1923, purchased as part of a group of 8 pieces for $650.00.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Zenú (Sinú), early period, A.D. 100–600

Object Place

Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Sinú, San Jorge, or Nechi River Basins, Colombia


14 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




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