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Colombia, Tairona style, 10th-16th century
Overall: 8.1 x 6.3 x 3.6 cm (3 3/16 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/16 in.)
Tairona-style pendants are among the most spectacular of all ancient American gold ornaments, in part because of the detail achieved with lost-wax casting. The traits of the figure pendant include a lower lip ornament and a headdress in which two bats hang upside down. Although called caciques (chieftains)-that is, ruler portraits-the meaning of such figures is not well understood.
Bird imagery was important in the isthmian region in ancient times and remains so today. For instance, among the modern Bribri of Costa Rica, the principal creator deity (Sibo) takes the form of a buzzard or kite who wears a collar. Collars are standard features of ancient bird pendants, like the one shown here.
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: AA - Intermediate Region
Department: Art of the Americas
Gallery: 233 Mesoamerican and Intermediate Region
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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