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Male effigy cache figure

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Male figure with "long rectangular body and short legs, holding a tuber or maize ear in the right hand, and a small cup to the chest, a staff at his side with a bird perched atop and leaning towards the warrior's face, wearing a collar of long tublular beads and cord necklace, one dangle...

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With Bettina Schwimmer, Chicago, by 1991; to private collection, Chicago, 1991; sold Sotheby's, New York, Sale N07996, lot 120, May 14, 2004; to MFA, June 2004, purchase.

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia and Landon T. Clay

Muisca, 1100–1550

Place of Origin

Departments of Cundinamarca & Boyacá, Colombia


Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy




Ritual Objects