Double crocodile-shaman effigy pendant

Diquís or Chiriquí
A.D. 700–1550


Place of Origin: Diquís or Chiriquí Province, Costa Rica or Panama

Dimensions

7.75 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.295

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Double flange, cast gold pendant rendering two male human figures with crocodile-like heads. A twisted rope in the form of serpents unite the figures. A triple-strand ring on each one’s nose/snout allowed for the suspension of some kind of small adornment (no longer present).

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