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Semi-hemispherical adornment

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Semi-hemispherical object, perhaps a boss or similar adornment for clothing or body. Two tiny perforations are found on opposite sides of the form for attachment. A cross-shaped design on the top of the boss is formed by the overlapping edges of the flat sheet(s) of gold from which this piece...

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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

Quimbaya (?), A.D. 500–1530

Object Place

Department of Quindío, Cauca and Magdalena River Valleys, Colombia


1 x 1.8 cm (3/8 x 11/16 x 1 in.) diameter

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Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment