Shaman effigy pendant

Coclé or Darién
A.D. 700–1550

Object Place: Coclé or Darién Province, Panama


8.89 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

On View

Ancient South America Gallery (Gallery LG33)


Americas, Jewelry



Cast gold pendant rendering a human male figure with long tail resembling that of a crocodile. The figure grasps a rod in front of his chest to which are attached two small rings for the suspension of now-lost adornments.


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