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Animal-Headed Figure Pendant
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Item Details
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Culture
Costa Rica, Diquís region, 11th-16th century
Title
Animal-Headed Figure Pendant
Work Type
Metalwork
Date
c. 1000-1550
Material
cast gold
Measurements
Overall: 8.7 x 9 x 3.1 cm (3 7/16 x 3 9/16 x 1 1/4 in.)
Description
Among the pendants shown here are a crustacean (1943.290), an animal-headed figure (1948.18), and two pendants featuring birds (1951.442 and 1946.223). The latter were dubbed aguilas (eagles) by Christopher Columbus, who saw natives wearing them as necklace ornaments. Modern researchers are not as sure of the species shown, but some believe that they are birds of prey because talons and beaks are prominent and often clutch something, in one example here a small, disembodied head that holds a clapper. In both examples, two tufts in the form of crocodiles in profile flank the birds’ heads.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: AA - Intermediate Region
Department: Art of the Americas
Gallery: 233 Mesoamerican and Intermediate Region
James Albert Ford Memorial Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1948.18_print.tif
SSID
24630446

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