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Harpy eagle effigy pendant

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Avian effigy pendant in the form of a raptorial bird (perhaps a falcon) with open beak and legs folded against its chest. The pendant is slightly convex in shape, and the concave rear face is not as highly polished as is the front. Carved into the pendant's rear surface is a 0.7 cm-wide curved...

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Provenance

Before 1970, John Huston, County Galway, Ireland. 1970, with John Wise, Inc., New York; 1970, to Lavinia De Nood, New Hampshire; 1982, year-end gift of Lavinia De Nood to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

Credit Line

Gift of Lavinia De Nood

Olmec, Middle Formative period, 1150–550 B.C.

Object Place

Tabasco or Veracruz, Mexico

Dimensions

9.4 x 7.1 x 0.4 cm (3 11/16 x 2 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1982.763

Medium or Technique

Blue-green jadeite

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants