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Human effigy figure

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Hollow cast gold human effigy pendant with prominant ribs. The figure may be a female giving birth or a male figure seated on a bench. The figure wears a cap-like headdress with two square projections on the top of the head. A large suspension ring is attached to the figure's head and back.

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

Zenú (Sinú), A.D. 500–1550

Object Place

Departments of Sucre and Cordoba, Colombia

Dimensions

3.2 x 1.2 x 1.4 cm (1 1/4 x 1/2 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.175

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants