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This pendant is carved in the shape of an Olmec-style saurian. The crenelations on the upper edge derive from the harpy eagle, and the descending fang at the bottom denotes the hybrid nature of this zoomorphic supernatural. Two tiny perforations along the upper edge allow for suspension. The...

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Provenance

Collected between 1974 and 1981 by John Fulling, Art Collectors of November, Inc., Florida (and known as the "November Collection"); to Landon T. Clay, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1987; to MFA, December 1988, gift of Landon T. Clay.

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Olmec / Costa Rica, Middle Formative period, 900–600 B.C.

Object Place

Mexico

Dimensions

3.7 x 9.9 x 0.6 cm (1 7/16 x 3 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1988.1198

Medium or Technique

Jadeite

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants