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Large pendant rendering an abstract anthropomorphic being merged with zoomorphic elements that include wing-like arms and a bifurcated tail. The pendant may represent a shaman or supernatural being.

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 MFA, March 12, 1975, purchase.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Tolima, A.D. 1–550

Object Place

Department of Tolima, Colombia

Dimensions

18.1 x 10.16 cm (7 1/8 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

1975.35

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants