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Deer-headed serpent effigy

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Serpent-bodied, deer-headed effigy with protruding tongue. The three-dimensional body is decorated with incised cross-hatching and small circular indentations.

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

Place of Origin

Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

1.5 x 0.8 x 8 cm (9/16 x 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.101

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects