Raptorial bird effigy pendant

Veraguas -Gran Chiriquí or Diquís
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Veraguas, Chiriquí or Diquís Provinces, Panama or Costa Rica

Dimensions

Overall: 8 x 9.7 cm (3 1/8 x 3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1979.453

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Large pendant in the form of a raptorial bird. Emerging from top of its head are two serpents that curl downward and attach to the sides of the head. A double-strand ring attached to the back of the bird’s neck allows for suspension on a cord.

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