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Insect effigy pendant

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Cast gold, hollow body pendant in the form of a long-bodied insect-like abstract effigy. Two small suspension rings on each side of the effigy. See 1975.219 for a similar object.


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

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú), A.D. 500–1530

Object Place

Cauca River Valley or Sierra Nevada Santa Marta, Colombia


Overall: 3.2 x 0.6 cm (1 1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants