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Bat-shaman effigy pendant

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Cast gold shaman effigy pendant rendering a bat-human male figure with arms transformed into wings. Serpent heads flank his feet and head, and he grasps a small feline in his mouth. Although no suspension ring is found on the back of the piece, it likely was worn as a pendant or similar body...

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Provenance

With Walter Channing Wyman, Chicago(?), by 1922; to MFA, February 1922, purchased as part of a group of 67 pieces for $5,000.

Credit Line

Maria Wharton Wales Fund

Diquís, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Diquís Province, Costa Rica

Dimensions

Overall: 6.5 x 6.3 cm (2 9/16 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

22.289

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment