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Staff effigy with two birds

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Staff effigy composed of two opposed, elongated triangles connected by a thin rod. Two birds face the vertical connecting rod, and single curled wires decorate the lower edge of the upper triangle.

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

Object Place

Departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, Colombia

Dimensions

5.08 cm (2 in.)

Accession Number

1975.180

Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ritual Objects