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Cast gold alloy pendant rendering a human male figure with bat or feline facial features (ears and mouth). His right arm and left leg are missing, having broken away at some point in antiquity. A small ring at back of his neck allows for suspension on a string.


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, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Chiriquí Province, Panama


2.7 x 2 cm (1 1/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and copper




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants