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Activity Idea: Figural Pendant (Quick Tip)

Explore the Object in the Classroom:

  1. Compare this work of art with objects made of gold by other Latin American cultures during the same time period.
  2. Explore the availability of gold in Central America at the time this pendant was made.
  3. Write a story about the transformations of a shaman, incorporating the imagery of this pendant into your description.
  4. Determine why certain metals, such as copper, are added to gold before casting. Predict the effects these metals might have on the color and consistency of gold.
  5. Find examples of other representations of eagles in Western culture. What does this bird symbolize in various cultures? Create a collage, drawing, painting, or sculpture depicting an eagle in a symbolic way.