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Gold Pendant Male Figure Wearing A Jaguar Mask - FJ.6242
Origin: Costa Rica (Panama Border)
Circa: 500 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 4" (10.2cm) wide
Catalogue: V23
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Diquis goldsmiths were masters at creating highly imaginative jewelry. We see here a male figure holding onto a circular band composed of eight small bats with their fangs exposed and each gripping onto the band. Their tongues stick out and are cleverly attached to the lower portion of the circle. They have snake-like qualities, but the slightly upturned nose and fingers on the hands recall the vampire bats of Central America. On the back of each creature is a horizontal bar curved at the tips typical of Diquis style. The second animal image is the snake, highly stylized with heads at the ends of the band biting into the figure's trapezoidal feet. The man's penis is also in the shape of a snake's head, which is a symbol of fertility. The most prominent feature is the man himself, his remarkable face peering from within a jaguar mask. This figure is likely an important shaman involved in a ceremony, complete in his ritual regalia and carrying a magnificent headdress. Through the nature of art we are able to witness for ourselves an intense moment in an esoteric rite of great splendor; captured in gold and held there forever. - (FJ.6242)

 

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