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Shaman effigy pendant

A.D. 900–1600


Dimensions

16 x 12.5 x 2 cm (6 5/16 x 4 15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2000.813

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas , Jewelry

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment , Pendants

Large pendant in the form of a standing human male with leaf-nosed bat face mask. His elaborate headdress includes two birds facing front and profile zoomorphic flanges at each side of his head. His hands clutch serpent heads at his thighs. This type of elaborate pendant is popularly refered to as a "cacique pendant", and many represent a high ranking male person in transformation to his spiritual animal companion.

Provenance

January 5, 1976, sold by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 2000, year-end gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2001)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay