Shaman effigy pendant

Zenú-Darién culture
San Jacinto style group
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Chocó region, Panama or Colombia, Darién Peninsula

Dimensions

6.4 x 6.3 cm (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

24.337

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Anthropomorphic pendant rendering a standing human figure with long, flat legs and holding two staffs or rattles to his face. Speech or sound scrolls issue outwards from the top of these rattles. His headdress includes two half-spheres that likely represent hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Provenance

With Walter Channing Wyman, Chicago(?), by 1924; to MFA, June 1924, purchased together with 24.336 for a total price of $800.00.

Credit Line

Charles Augustus Vialle Fund