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Zoomorphic effigy pendant

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Cast gold, open backed zoomorphic effigy pendant perhaps representing a crouching feline. The front paws terminate in suspension rings. One of a group of bead-like pendants 1975.214-.217.

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

Quimbaya or Zenú (Sinú), A.D. 500–1530

Object Place

Quindío or Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Colombia

Dimensions

Overall: 1.2 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm (1/2 x 1 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1975.215

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants