Shaman effigy pendant
Coclé or Darién
Object Place: Coclé or Darién Province, Panama
8.89 cm (3 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)
Cast gold pendant rendering a human male figure with long tail resembling that of a crocodile. The figure grasps a rod in front of his chest to which are attached two small rings for the suspension of now-lost adornments.
Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 11, 1983; to MFA, December 1985, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.
Gift of Catherine C. Lastavica in memory of Thomas and Rosamond Barbour, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, III and Catherine Coolidge