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Finial with birds and human figure

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Staff end or finial embellished with opposing birds with rounded crests at its tip and a human figure on the shaft. The finial's shaft is decorated with the image of a human figure resembling tunjo effigy figures.

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

16.51 x 3.81 cm (6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1975.136

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects