Human-alligator effigy pendant

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí
A.D. 900–1550


Object Place: Veraguas or Chiriquí Provinces, Panama

Dimensions

Overall: 8 x 6.8 cm (3 1/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.461

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold alloy pendant rendering a standing human male figure with alligator head. His headdress comprises a horizontal fragmentary flanged form adorned along its upper edge with trapezoidal elements. Small wing-like elements flank his angles. Damage to the pendant includes the missing arms and broken basal flange.

Provenance

Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; to MFA, September 1979, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica