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Raptorial bird effigy pendant

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Large pendant in the form of a raptorial bird. Emerging from top of its head are two serpents that curl downward and attach to the sides of the head. A double-strand ring attached to the back of the bird's neck allows for suspension on a cord.


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 or Diquís, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Veraguas, Chiriquí or Diquís Provinces, Panama or Costa Rica


Overall: 8 x 9.7 cm (3 1/8 x 3 13/16 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants