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Gold Masked Shaman Pendant - FJ.6058
Origin: Costa Rica/Panama
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 4.4" (11.2cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
The harpy eagle had great mythological significance in Costa Rican art. The great bird, both beautiful and fierce, has been the subject of devotion and adoration for centuries. The gold masterpiece which silently shimmers in all its glory and mystery before us is undoubtedly an exceptional work of art. It combines the powerful forces of artistic ingenuity with supernatural and mythical imagery. This fabulous harpy eagle mask emphasizes the "all seeing eyes" of the shaman. The eyes are very prominent. The enormous sharply curved beak appears as though it may speak or screech at any moment. On either side of his face are little wings and gold coiled earrings. Large, beautiful open wings grace either side of his strong, upright chest. Below his waist, two cords of rope caress the top of his genitals and may possibly have procreative significance. Above his stylized feet are four cords of gold encircling his lower legs. The entire composition is full of dynamic power. Such an extraordinary pendant was certainly worn by a shaman or special person of the highest rank and authority in society. - (FJ.6058)

 

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