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Coiled basket effigy

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Semi-hemispherical form that may be a basket effigy with ring base and two tiny handles on the rim. It may have been attached to a human effigy tunjo or composite tunjo sculpture, the remains of possible attachment points visible on one side of the object. Alternatively, this may be part of some...

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Provenance

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

Object Place

Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

1 x 2 x 2 cm (3/8 x 13/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.182

Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects