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Seated female(?) effigy figure

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A human figure, perhaps a female, sits on a small rectangular bench, which is attached to the piece's circular base. A long staff with two birds on top flanks the figure. The person is adorned with an elaborate necklace with seven circular and five bell-like pendants, wide spiral ear ornaments...

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Sale, Important Pre-Columbian Art, Sotheby's, New York, 27-28 November 1984, no. 13, to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts; to MFA, December 1993, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Muisca, A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin

Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia


5.4 x 5.08 cm (2 1/8 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




Ritual Objects