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Figural Pendant (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist Details
Costa Rican (Diquis region and Chiriqui culture)
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Medium
metal
Created
circa 750-1550
Dimensions
2 x 1 3/4 in.
(5.1 x 4.4 cm)

About

This pendant was worn as an emblem of prestige and power. It portrays a fully animal-form eagle, which spreads its wings and extends its talons in an attack pose. Note the double-headed serpent emerging from the eagle’s head. Images such as these are thought to depict various stages of the transformation of a shaman, a religious practitioner with magical powers.

tags: fashion, ritual, power, meaning, symbolism, function

Images

  • Costa Rican Artist Figural Pendant metal

    Figural Pendant by Unknown Costa Rican Artist

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Credit

Gift of Dr. Clifton F. Mountain and Mrs. Marilyn T. Mountain