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Pendant in the Form of a Lizard or Jaguar

1000 - 1530 CE
1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm)

Unknown, Veraguas-Gran Chiriqui
Panamanian

Object Type: Jewelry
Medium and Support: Gold-copper alloy
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1954.36
Location: Currently on view
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Objects made from gold played a special role in Ancient American cultures and were worn by chiefs and other members of the elite as a mark of rank and status. The gold pendants produced in this region depict a vast array of human and animal forms, as well as human-animal combinations. Chosen for its particular characteristics, the animal represented here should not be considered merely ornamental jewelry, but may instead reference a specific species of poisonous lizard.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles (dealers); purchased from them by the Gallery in 1954

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