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Crocodile effigy pendant

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Translucent green jadeite pendant carved in a naturalistic rendering of a crocodile with tail curving upwards and over its back. The eye is indicated by a hole drilled through the piece that allows it to be suspended from a cord. The pendant was carved from a small celt that was split in half...

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Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

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Gift of Landon T. Clay

Atlantic Watershed, Period IV, A.D. 1–500

Object Place

Atlantic Watershed region, Costa Rica


9.2 x 1.5 x 0.9 cm (3 5/8 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants