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Section of an embossed band

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Hammered sheet gold alloy band embossed with simple geometric motits at its ends. Four perforations allow the band to be tied onto an arm, wrist, ankle or head and/or for other elements to be attached to it. The assymetrical arranement of the perforations suggests this is a section of a longer...

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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

Calima or Nariño (?), A.D. 100–1550

Object Place

Southern highlands, Colombia


Overall: 2 x 8.1 cm (13/16 x 3 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




Jewelry / Adornment