Avian effigy pendant

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí
A.D. 900–1550


Object Place: Veraguas or Chiriquí Province, Panama

Dimensions

Overall: 7.6 x 8.7 x 2.4 cm (3 x 3 7/16 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1985.904

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold pendant rendering a raptorial bird, perhaps an eagle, with out-stretched talons. The bird wears a flanged headdress that terminates in saurian (crocodile?) heads. Three rectangular plaques are hung from its beak and talons, all of which are curled to form attachment rings.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine C. Lastavica in memory of Thomas and Rosamond Barbour, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, III and Catherine Coolidge