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Double-headed bird effigy pendant

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Flanged pendant embellished with two human heads wearing bird headdresses. A suspension ring between the heads and on the top edge of the H-shaped flange allows for suspension.

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 & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

7.6 x 6 cm (3 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.131

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants