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Human effigy adornment

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Human effigy adornment, likely a pendant bead. The figure wears a semicircular headdress and sits atop a trapezoidal form that recalls bird tails in other Colombian art traditions, although here it may represent a low bench.

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

0.9 x 2 cm (3/8 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.202

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants