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Pre-Columbian Art / Gold Tarantula Pendant - FJ.6154
Origin: Costa Rica (Panama Border)
Circa: 500 AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high
Catalogue: V21
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: sold 420 grams

Location: United States
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Description
Swirling coils of gold dance around the braided serpent bodies which terminate into ferocious crocodile snouts. The centerpiece is a tarantula with long legs and a large, thick body. Is it admiration or wonder which sends us into a whirlwind of excitement when faced with such powerful forces of artistic ingenuity and enigmatic supernatural imagery? There are three swirling coils of gold depicted on the tarantula's upper body which may symbolize a star constellation. A group or cluster of stars may have been mythologically associated with this creature. A special decorative design has been portrayed on its head above its peering eyes. The entire composition is full of dynamic energy and unexpected surprises. 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.6154)

 

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