Crab effigy bell pendant

Chiriquí or Diquís
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Chiriquí or Diquiís Provinces, Panama or Costa Rica

Dimensions

Overall: 2.8 x 2.6 x 1.1 cm (1 1/16 x 1 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.323

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Hollow cast gold crab effigy bell pendant. The bell’s clapper is missing. A double wire suspension ring is cast on the bottom of the pendant near the crab’s head.

Provenance

1922, sold by Walter Channing Wyman (b. 1850 - d. 1923), Chicago, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: February 2, 1922)

NOTE: Purchased as part of a group of 67 objects (MFA accession nos. 22.282 - 22.348) for $5000.

Credit Line

Maria Wharton Wales Fund