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Pre-Columbian Art / Diquis Gold Pendant Featuring Two Saurian Creatures - FJ.6256
Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high x 5.25" (13.3cm) wide
Catalogue: V24
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold


Additional Information: Sold.....213 grams Trudy

Location: Great Britain
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The mythological element predominates in this fantastic pendant. Saurian (crocodile and lizard) themes were common in Diquis gold objects, and were regarded as symbols of power and sacred energy. The contemporary Bribri people believe snakes, crocodiles and water represent the female element of nature; and it is possible the ancient Costa Ricans followed a similar belief. An immediate impression upon seeing this fabulous pendant is of something beyond this world; an object outside the bounds of nature, but extremely attractive and exciting. The two crocodiles hold onto an elaborate frame curved at the ends in classic Diquis style. The center area of the band is ornamented with a series of spirals which match the earrings worn by the crocodiles. The amazing skills of a highly talented goldsmith is seen particularly in the heads. Both are identical and utilize abstract details to represent real features; especially in the use of filigree to delineate the crocodile's long snout. The combination of animal and human elements was common in Pre-Columbian art; seen here in the human-like arms, lizard body, and snake heads at the end of the tails. Seven danglers add a concentric element to the entire piece; while also providing a means of alerting people to the approach of someone important. It is known that chiefs and important shamans wore such pendants decked about their bodies, all clattering and jingling together like a mythical form of music; brilliant and provocative as the artistry which created the pendant and the gold from which it is made.....trudy - (FJ.6256)

 

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