Property from a Pennsylvania Private Collection
VERAGUAS GOLD AVIAN PENDANT CIRCA AD 800-1200
Width: 4 in (10 cm)
In overall excellent condition. Densely cast, appears intact,
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Andre Emmerich, New York
Hans Rudolf Koella, Zurich, acquired from the above in 1978
Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 2014, lot 215
Acquired at the above auction
Roland Burri, DU, "Die Stiftung Altamerikanische Kulturen in Zurich", 1985, Fig. 22
Die Siftung Altamerikanische Kulturen, private museum of Hans Koella, Zurich, 1982-2002
The avian pendants of the Isthmus region were cast to highlight the broad wingspan of the magnificent birds of the rainforest. Here the graceful curving wings contrast with the flat tail feathers, and the talons are deeply clenched as if about to land.
Hans Rudolf Koella (1925-2012), was a prominent Swiss collector of modern paintings who became fascinated with Pre-Columbian gold in the 1960's, acquiring many works from the Andre Emmerich Gallery. Mr. Koella created a private museum and research library featuring his collection of ceramics, textiles and gold, which he opened to the public.