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Shaman effigy pendant

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Cast gold pendant rendering a human male figure with long tail resembling that of a crocodile. The figure grasps a rod in front of his chest to which are attached two small rings for the suspension of now-lost adornments.


Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 11, 1983; to MFA, December 1985, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine C. Lastavica in memory of Thomas and Rosamond Barbour, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, III and Catherine Coolidge

Coclé or Darién, A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Coclé or Darién Province, Panama


8.89 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants