Property from the Estate of Jan Mitchell
DIQUÍS GOLD FIGURAL PENDANT CIRCA AD 800-1200
Height: 4 in (10 cm)
Densely cast with areas of damage including proper left upper spiral missing the edge, some minor losses on proper right to the top of the paddle, small casting hole on the proper right toes. Emmerich sticker reading "CA-534" on the back of the left paddle.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Philip Dade Collection
Andre Emmerich, acquired from the above in 1964 (CA-534)
Jan Mitchell, New York, acquired from the above in October, 1964
Thence by family descent
Ceremonial pendants of shaman and warrior figures prominently display their accoutrements of prestige and power. This densely cast male stands on elongated filigree feet and holds large flaring paddle-shaped clubs in each hand. Wooden clubs of this form, called macanas, were mentioned in the 16th c. chronicles (Cooke and Bray, in Jones, ed., The Art of Precolumbian Gold: The Jan Mitchell Collection, New York, 1985, p. 39). His trance-like face is marked by the tight-lipped mouth, coffee-bean style closed eyes, and the top of his head is surmounted by two frogs with rounded heads and frothy spirals at the back; it has double suspension loops behind the neck.