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Diquis Gold Avian Pendant - FJ.5231
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 700 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 5.25" (13.3cm) wide
Catalogue: V8
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: 121.5 Grams

Location: United States
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As its name implies, Costa Rica has been famous for its gold since the moment of European discovery. "The quality of gold that abounds here is very great, and of good karat, as can be seen form the plates of gold the Indians beat out," these are the words of the 16th century Spanish explorer Diego De Sojo, written after he experienced the extensive and exquisite gold craftsmanship of ancient Costa Rica. Today this artistic heritage can still be enjoyed through such masterpieces as this stunning gold avian pendant. The epitome of power and energy, this avian spreads his stylized wings and tail feathers to their full plumage. A large open, hooked beak projects outward from the bird's head, revealing a set of sharp pointed reptilian teeth which serves to emphasize the symbolic union of the ancient mythologocal traits of the bird and reptile. Further evidence of the composite nature of this dramatic figure can be seen in the two ornate alligator heads that project from either side of the avian. A crown composed of five animal heads, possibly deer, completes the image, yet another element that adds to the dynamic complexity of this imaginative work of art. While the intricacies of its original symbolic meaning may be unclear, what is known for certain is that this ancient avian pendant continues to exude an aura of primal energy and spirit--one that captures the imagination and stimulates our senses. - (FJ.5231)


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