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Seated male effigy figure

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Hollow cast human effigy figure depicting a seated man. He holds a spearthrower and dart in his left hand and a cylindrical object in his right hand. Prior to casting, the body was created from coils of very thin wire, their forms still visible especially on the back of the figure.


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, 1100–1550

Object Place

Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia


5.1 x 2 cm (2 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Copper and gold




Ritual Objects