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Shaman-crab effigy bell pendant

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Cast gold bell pendant representing a human-crab figure. The body is that of a crab and the head, arms, and legs are those of a human male. He holds to his mouth a human leg (lower portion from knee to foot), and his raised left arm touches his left ear. A serpent head protrudes from the...

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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 Provinces, Costa Rica or Panama


7.5 x 5.8 cm (2 15/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

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Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants