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Bat-shaman effigy pendant

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Cast gold pendant representing a bat-headed male shaman holding a spherical rattle in his right hand. The left arm missing, likely having broken from the figure in ancient times. His elongated bat-like mouth is typical of the pendant tradition of the Chiriquí-Diquís region. A large ring...

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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

Chiriquí or Diquís, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Chiriquí or Diquís regions, Panama or Costa Rica

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.1 cm (2 9/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

22.302

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants