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Chiriqui Gold Avian Pendant - FJ.4923
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 11 th Century AD to 16 th Century AD
Dimensions: 2.925" (7.4cm) high
Catalogue: V6
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: 90 Grams/heather

Location: Great Britain
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This magnificent avian pendant is a splendid example of the gold artistry that was chronicled by the 16th century Spanish explorers after they landed on the Panamanian isthmus. Ancient documents speak of witnessing umparalleled craftsmanship and creativity. Surely this powerful avian creature was one of those spendid works of art that capture dthe explorers' heart and soul. The boldly exaggerated wings and tail give the pendant a forceful dynamism. The anthropomorphized body adds an element of mysticism and intrigue that evokes the compelling presence of ancient shamans. The symbolic imagery of this gold pendant may have become elusive through time but there is no mistaking the magical and spiritual energy that still emanates from this masterpiece. - (FJ.4923)

 

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