Shaman effigy pendant

Large pendant in the form of a standing human male with leaf-nosed bat face mask. His elaborate headdress includes two birds facing front and profile zoomorphic flanges at each side of his head. His hands clutch serpent heads at his thighs. This type of elaborate pendant is popularly refered to as a "cacique pendant", and many represent a high ranking male person in transformation to his spiritual animal companion.


January 5, 1976, sold by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 2000, year-end gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2001)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Shaman effigy pendant

  • Tairona, A.D. 900–1600
Magdalena Department, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region, Colombia
16 x 12.5 x 2 cm (6 5/16 x 4 15/16 x 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold alloy
Jewelry / Adornment
Body adornment
Accession Number
On view
Pre-Columbian Gold and Andean Civilizations - LG33