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Double-headed vulture (?) effigy pendant

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Hollow back, cast gold pendant in the form of a double-headed avian, perhaps a vulture, eagle or similar raptorial bird. Two vertical rings at the back of the neck allow for suspension. The piece originally had a flanged tail, which has been cut away from the pendant.

Provenance

Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1959; to MFA, December 1980, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

Chiriquí, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Chiriquí Province, Panama

Dimensions

Overall: 5.8 x 10.8 cm (2 5/16 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1980.642

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants