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Embossed band with humanoid figures

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One of three parts of a hammered sheet gold band embossed with three sets of two profile humanoid figures with upraised arms. Geometric motifs embellish the two ends of the band. A perforation at each end allows the band to be tied onto the head or around a leg or upper arm. This is the center...

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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.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Calima or Nariño (?), A.D. 100–1500

Object Place

Southern highlands, Colombia


2.54 x 18 cm (1 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment