Bat-shaman effigy pendant

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí
A.D. 900–1550


Object Place: Veraguas and Chiriquí Provinces, Panama

Dimensions

Overall: 6.7 x 5.1 cm (2 5/8 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

1985.906

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Open-backed cast gold pendant depicting a bat-shaman male figure. He grasps a serpent-like form that arches over his head. A vertical suspension ring at the back of the neck allows for suspension.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine C. Lastavica in memory of Thomas and Rosamond Barbour, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, III and Catherine Coolidge