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Bat-shaman effigy pendant

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Cast gold pendant protraying a standing human male figure with bat facial features. His outstretched arms grasp the ends of two eminations emerging from the top of his head. His elongated penis reaches upward along his torso and ends below the bucal mask. A single ring at the back of his head...

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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

Palmar Sur, Diquís region, Costa Rica


5.4 x 3.5 cm (2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants