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Composite animal effigy pendant

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Cast gold effigy pendant that resembles an alligator. The upper part of its two front legs are cast as rings that allow for suspension on a string. Casting error on proper right leg. The alligator's head is at the bottom in the photograph.


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 or Chiriquí, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Diquís or Chiriquí Provinces, Costa Rica or Panama


Overall: 1.2 x 1.2 x 3 cm (1/2 x 1/2 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants