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Gold Pendant of a Shaman - FJ.6152
Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high
Catalogue: V21
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: 116 Grams/heather

Location: Great Britain
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Description
The shaman, cast in glorious gold, stands before us majestically. He appears to be wearing an elaborate ritual costume with headdress, belt and skirt. By the tense expression on his face, we may assume that he is connecting with his "alter-ego" or higher spirit through transformation. By taking hallucinogenic drugs, the shaman was able to communicate with the supernatural and actually become one with these forces and energies. Thus, the shaman had an exalted leadership status amongst the ordinary natives in the society. The beautiful and unusual frame which surrounds the shaman is clearly of importance, yet we lack to fully understand its meaning. The mystery and beauty of this ancient culture remains an enigma. The shaman, priest, nobility who may have worn this fabulous work of art must have made a great statement by his exquisite taste which can only be appreciated by a kindred soul. - (FJ.6152)

 

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