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Fish effigy pendant

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Gold pendant in the form of a fish. A suspension ring is formed by a thin curled wire attached to the fish's tail. Two perforations flank the head, which allow for additional attachment.

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

Nariño, Tierradentro, or Quimbaya, A.D. 500–1550

Object Place

Southwestern highlands, Colombia

Dimensions

1.5 x 3.5 cm (9/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.203

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants