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Feline-shaman effigy pendant

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Cast pendant in the form of a feline-shaman with a small feline grasped in its open mouth. The figure is enclosed within a braided rectangle with attached scroll motifs. The forelegs terminate in feline heads, and two pairs of appendages flanking its torso and lower legs also transform into...

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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

Diquís or Chiriquí, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Diquís or Chiriquí Province, Costa Rica or Panama

Dimensions

9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

22.285

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants