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Shaman effigy pendant

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Large pendant in the form of a standing human male with leaf-nosed bat face mask. His elaborate headdress includes two birds facing front and profile zoomorphic flanges at each side of his head. His hands clutch serpent heads at his thighs. This type of elaborate pendant is popularly refered...

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January 5, 1976, sold by Alphonse Jax (dealer), New York, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 2000, year-end gift of Landon T. Clay to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 24, 2001)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Tairona, A.D. 900–1600

Object Place

Magdalena Department, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region, Colombia


16 x 12.5 x 2 cm (6 5/16 x 4 15/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants