Lot 16
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Veraguas Gold Double-Bird Pendant ca. A.D. 800-1200

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 USD
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Description

  • gold
the soaring conjoined avians with broad flared tail and wings curling to the sides, the oval bodies with uplifted triangular heads each with large globular eyes and short curved beaks, with suspension loops beneath each neck.

Provenance

John Wise
Acquired from the above by the present owner's family in 1969

Catalogue Note

The varied gold bird pendants of the Isthmus region are perhaps the largest genre of zoomorphic ornaments, conferring power, authority and social identity to the chiefs who wore them. Most pendants are frontal depictions of the avian. This pendant is cast to show birds in an unusual double form, and in animated flight to convey their breadth and power. 
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