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Human-alligator effigy pendant

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Cast gold alloy pendant rendering a standing human male figure with alligator head. His headdress comprises a horizontal fragmentary flanged form adorned along its upper edge with trapezoidal elements. Small wing-like elements flank his angles. Damage to the pendant includes the missing arms...

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Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; to MFA, September 1979, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí, A.D. 900–1550

Object Place

Veraguas or Chiriquí Provinces, Panama


Overall: 8 x 6.8 cm (3 1/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants