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Avian effigy pendant

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Cast gold avian effigy with splayed tail and talons thrust forward (visible below the beak). The avian holds a small fish in its beak. A single ring at the back of neck allows for suspension. A modern armature has been attached to the back of the pendant for wearing as a lapel pin.


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

Guanacaste or Diquís (?), A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Guanacaste or Diquís Provinces, Costa Rica


7 x 7.2 x 1.4 cm (2 3/4 x 2 13/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants