Eagle effigy pendant

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí
A.D. 900–1550

Object Place: Veraguas or Chiriquí Provinces, Panama


Overall: 7.9 x 10.5 cm (3 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper alloy

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Composite avian-human male effigy pendant likely representing a shamanic or warrior transformation figure based on an eagle or similar raptorial bird. The torso is that of a human male whereas the head and arms/wings are those of a bird. A single ring at the back of the neck allows for suspension as a pendant.


Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; to MFA, September 1979, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica