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Human effigy cache figure

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Standing human figure (sex is not indicated) holds slightly curved staffs in each hand. A triangle of metal embellished with facial features hangs freely from below the rectangular skull cap, perhaps representing a face mask. The figure also wears spiral ear flares.


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


8.25 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




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