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Feline effigy bell pendant

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Cast gold bell pendant in the form of a feline, its hollow body containing the bell's metal tinkler. Its tail terminates in an animal head, perhaps feline, and a human arm is clutched in the feline's mouth.

Provenance

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

Coclé, A.D. 700–1520

Place of Origin

Sitio Conte area, Coclé Province, Panama

Dimensions

7.75 cm (3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.306

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants