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Serpent effigy with open mouth, decorated head, and intertwined strands along length of body

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Serpent effigy with braided wire along its back indicating the spine. Its mouth is open and its tongue protrudes. Whisker-like forms adorn its head.

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 Landon T. Clay, Boston; to MFA, March 12, 1975, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Muisca, A.D. 1100–1550

Place of Origin

Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

10.16 cm (4 in.)

Accession Number

1975.98

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects