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Female effigy cache figure

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Seated (?) female figure holds a tubular staff-like object in both hands. Two wide ribbon-like forms hang from the back of each shoulder, and she wears a large skull cap with chin strap. Her body adornment includes a 3-strand necklace with five circular pendants and a thin belt of three strands.


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


9.52 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




Ritual Objects