Avian effigy pendant
Object Place: Veraguas or Chiriquí Province, Panama
Overall: 7.6 x 8.7 x 2.4 cm (3 x 3 7/16 x 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Cast gold pendant rendering a raptorial bird, perhaps an eagle, with out-stretched talons. The bird wears a flanged headdress that terminates in saurian (crocodile?) heads. Three rectangular plaques are hung from its beak and talons, all of which are curled to form attachment rings.
Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 11, 1983; to MFA, December 1985, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.
Gift of Catherine C. Lastavica in memory of Thomas and Rosamond Barbour, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, III and Catherine Coolidge