Feline effigy pendant

Coclé (?)
A.D. 450–900

Object Place: Panama or Colombia


3.4 x 3.3 x 5.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 5/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Jewelry



Hollow cast feline effigy in a crouched position with splayed legs, up-raised head, and up-curled tail. Its ears did not cast fully. Cylindrical loops attached to the front paws allow for suspension on a string. Similar frog effigy pendants comprise the so-called “International Style” of Panama and northern Colombia.


Collected by Joaquin Arciniégas, Colombia, by March 1, 1906 (to San José, Costa Rica by May 23, 1908; to San Salvador, El Salvador by June 19, 1916); sold to Doctor Daniel Villatoro Rugama, San Salvador, El Salvador, August 6, 1929; sold to Oliverio Girondo, Paris, January 10, 1930 (to Argentina probably after 1946); with Leon Buki, Buenos Aires, Argentina by January 2, 1975; with Alphonse Jax, New York, by February 1975; to Landon T. Clay, Boston; to MFA, March 12, 1975, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay