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Human effigy pendant

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Stylized, geometric rendering of a human figure with outstretched arms and legs; suspension ring on back of neck. The attached ring is likely a modern addition to the pendant because it closely resembles nose ornaments from southern Colombia.

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

Tolima, A.D. 1000–1530

Object Place

Tolima Department, Colombia

Dimensions

2.6 x 3.5 cm (1 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.196

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants