Avian effigy pendant

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí or Diquís
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Veraguas, Chiriquí or Diquís Provinces, Panama or Costa Rica

Dimensions

6.2 x 5.8 cm (2 7/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.296

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold alloy effigy pendant rendering a raptorial bird, likely an eagle with splayed talons. A spiral at each side of the bird’s head may represent earflares. A vertical ring at back of the neck allows for suspension.

Provenance

With Walter Channing Wyman, Chicago(?), by 1922; to MFA, February 1922, purchased as part of a group of 67 pieces for $5,000.

Credit Line

Maria Wharton Wales Fund