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Male effigy cache figure

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Male figure holds a baton or spear thrower in his left hand, and a small bag or trophy head is suspended from his right shoulder. He wears a rectangular open-work headdress, a long double-strand necklace and a short necklace with small pendant. The lower part of the figure has broken away from...

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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

Muisca, A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin

Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

6.35 cm (2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1975.72

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy Gold and copper alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects