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Crocodile-shaman effigy pendant

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Cast gold pendant rendering a standing human male with a crocodile head and a protruding tongue. The pendant's two flanges are embellished with four profile zoomorphic (crocodile?) heads. A single ring on the back allows for suspension.


Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 11, 1983; to MFA, December 1985, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine C. Lastavica in memory of Thomas and Rosamond Barbour, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, III and Catherine Coolidge

Diquís or Chiriquí, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Diquís or Chiriquí Province, Costa Rica or Panama


8.89 x 7.62 cm (3 1/2 x 3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants