Lot 17
  • 17

Veraguas Gold Double-Headed Avian Pendant ca. A.D. 800-1200

Estimate
20,000 - 40,000 USD
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Description

  • gold
each toucan head decorated with spirals along the long beak, with stalk conical ears projecting at the sides, and talons stiffly flexed as if landing or ready to grasp prey, the arched wings trimmed in beadwork along the lower perimeter.

Provenance

John Wise
Nelson Rockefeller, acquired from the above in 1957
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, African, Oceanic, American Indian, Pacific Northwest Coast, and Pre-Columbian Art: Duplicates from the Collection of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and the Museum of Primitive Art, May 4, 1967, lot 193
John Wise
Acquired from the above by the present owner's family in 1968

Exhibited

New York, Pre-Columbian Gold Sculpture, The Museum of Primitive Art,  Autumn 1958, cat. no. 11, illus.
New York, African Sculpture Lent by New York Collectors, The Museum of Primitive Art,  May 28- October 19 1958, cat. no. 11, illus.
New York, Pre-Columbian Gold Sculpture, The Museum of Primitive Art,  October 29, 1958 – February 8, 1959, cat. no. 18
New York, Works from the Permanent Collection, The Museum of Primitive Art,  February 17 – September 11, 1960
New York, Works from the Permanent Collection, The Museum of Primitive Art,  September 21, 1960 – May 5, 1961
New York, Masterpieces of the Americas, The Museum of Primitive Art,  May 20- November 11, 1964
New York, The World of Primitive Art, The Museum of Primitive Art,  July 12 – September  11, 1966

Catalogue Note

See Lothrop (1950:56, Fig. 72b) for the double-headed type.
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