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Figure Pendant

700-1550 CE
Precolumbian
2 3/8 x 1 11/16 x 1/2 in. (6 x 4.3 x 1.3 cm)

Greater Nicoya or Diquis artist
Costa Rica

Greater Nicoya or Diquis Culture Zone; made in Costa Rica

Object Type: Jewelry
Medium and Support: Gold-copper alloy
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1954.37
Location: Currently on view
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Gold was associated with immortality in the Ancient Americas. Its unchanging nature made it a symbol of continuity, permanence and power, and it was prized for its ability to shine like and reflect the sun. Southern Central America is one of the world’s largest gold sources, and the gold found there was highly prized by the Spanish explorers. Much of the goldwork produced by Ancient Americans was melted down and taken back to Spain as currency.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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

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