Avian effigy pendant

Guanacaste or Diquís (?)
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Guanacaste or Diquís Provinces, Costa Rica

Dimensions

7 x 7.2 x 1.4 cm (2 3/4 x 2 13/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.454

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold avian effigy with splayed tail and talons thrust forward (visible below the beak). The avian holds a small fish in its beak. A single ring at the back of neck allows for suspension. A modern armature has been attached to the back of the pendant for wearing as a lapel pin.

Provenance

Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; to MFA, September 1979, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica