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Double bird effigy pendant

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Cast copper and gold (tumbaga) bird effigy pendant. The metal is highly friable resulting in breakage at the ends of both wings and the tail having broken off completely (the repaired tail may represent ancient workmanship). Two rings at the back of each bird's neck allow for suspension on a...

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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

Quimbaya, A.D. 500–1530

Object Place

Department of Quindío, Cauca and Magdalena River Valleys, Colombia


7.8 x 7.6 cm (3 1/16 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper and gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants