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Pre-Columbian Art / Gold Pendant of a Tapir - FJ.6059
Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 1.5" (3.8cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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This spectacular gold pendant in the form of a peccary, probably a tapir, is dynamically animated and alive! The short stout legs are prepared to dash forward at any moment. Sharp, ferocious teeth snarl at some unforeseen predator of the past. Charming little ears stand upright above its bulbous eyes and wonderfully exaggerated snout. The quarrelsome behavioral quality of this animal may have been desired by warriors who were preparing themselves for battle. This pendant is not only a spectacular "representation of nature," but the outward sign of a complex world of symbolism with its own system of beliefs which are no longer accessible to us. This gold peccary-tapir pendant was not only indicative of the power and social status of an individual, it may have been used as a symbol of the supernatural realms from which this power was thought to have originated. - (FJ.6059)


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