Feline effigy bell pendant

Coclé
A.D. 700–1520


Place of Origin: Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama

Dimensions

Overall: 3.2 × 7.6 × 5.1 cm (1 1/4 × 3 × 2 in.)

Accession Number

22.306

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold bell pendant in the form of a feline, its hollow body containing the bell’s metal tinkler. Its tail terminates in an animal head, perhaps a feline, and a human arm is clutched in the feline’s mouth.

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