Double-headed animal effigy pendant

Zenú (Sinú)
A.D. 500–1500


Object Place: Sinú, San Jorge, or Nechi River Valley, Sucre and Cordoba Departments, Colombia

Dimensions

1.9 x 1.2 x 1.9 cm (3/4 x 1/2 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1985.917

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold, double-headed zoomorphic effigy pendant, the larger head characterized by a wide snout, the smaller head with a short snout. The legs below the larger head terminate as small suspension rings (the right proper one is broken).

Provenance

Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 25, 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