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Turtle effigy pendant

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Cast gold turtle effigy with serpent-headed forelimbs and holding a twisted, double-headed serpent in its mouth. A suspension ring is attached to the top of its snout.


Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1958; lent to MFA January 25, 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

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí (?), A.D. 700–1550

Object Place

Chiriquí or Diquís Province, Panama or Costa Rica


3.3 x 2.7 cm (1 5/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold alloy




Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants