User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Zoomorphic pendant beads

Start collecting

Twenty-one zoomorphic pendent beads of embossed sheet gold whose form recalls that of an alligator or a fish.

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, A.D. 500–1530

Object Place

Department of Quindío, Colombia

Dimensions

Alligators average 3 cm. long; fish/birds average 1.8 cm long; abstract insects average 2 cm. long

Accession Number

1975.142

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Beads