Turtle effigy pendant

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí (?)
A.D. 700–1550


Object Place: Chiriquí or Diquís Province, Panama or Costa Rica

Dimensions

3.3 x 2.7 cm (1 5/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1985.920

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Pendants

Cast gold turtle effigy with serpent-headed forelimbs and holding a twisted, double-headed serpent in its mouth. A suspension ring is attached to the top of its snout.

Provenance

Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 25, 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