Anthropomorphous figure

Eastern Cordillera - Muisca Period600/1600

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Museo del Oro, Bogotá
Bogota, Colombia

Anthropomorphous motifs are widespread on clay figures from the Cundinamarca and Boyacá high plains. This one depicts a man whose eyes and mouth have been made from double strips in order to create the typical "coffee bean" feature. The chroniclers of the conquest tell how priests used to have pairs of these kinds of figures on their shrines, and some documents say that at least some of them were portraits of the ruling chiefs.


  • Title: Anthropomorphous figure
  • Creator: Eastern Cordillera - Muisca Period
  • Date: 600/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: w265 x h375 mm
  • Type: Ceramic
  • External Link: People and Gold in Pre-Hispanic Colombia
  • Technique: Modeled in clay and painted
  • Finding: Colombia
  • Accession number: C12799

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