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Vulture (?) effigy pendant

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Avian (vulture?) effigy bell pendant with hollow abdomen containing the bell's clapper, the avian's belly cast in the form of a feline head. Two saurian heads, likely crocodiles, emanate from the top of the effigy's head. A single suspension ring is attached to the back of the effigy's...

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Provenance

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

Veraguas-Gran Chiriquí, A.D. 900–1550

Object Place

Chiriquí or Veraguas Province, Panama

Dimensions

7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

22.286

Medium or Technique

Gold alloy

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Pendants