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Nose ring with open filigree ends

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Hollow gold ring with open filigree work at each end. The ring is split for clamping onto the ear lobe. One of a pair, indicating its identity as an earring rather than a nose ornament; see 1975.170.


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, A.D. 500–1530

Object Place

Department of Quindío, Cauca and Magdalena River Valleys, Colombia


0.7 thick x 4.9 cm (1/4 x 1 15/16 in.) diameter

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Jewelry / Adornment, Earrings, Flares, Plugs, Studs