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Veraguas Gold Turtle Pendant, circa AD 800 - 1500

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 USD

Property from an American Private Collection

Veraguas Gold Turtle Pendant, circa AD 800 - 1500

Veraguas Gold Turtle Pendant, circa AD 800 - 1500

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 USD

Lot sold:

16,380

USD

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Property from an American Private Collection

Veraguas Gold Turtle Pendant, circa AD 800 - 1500


Length: 2 in (5.1 cm)

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Acquired by the present owner's father prior to 1950 
The carapace of this finely cast pendant forms a rattle by the tiny cast balls within the hollow body. Larger pendants that were formed as rattles are distinctive to Veraguas goldwork, with turtles often chosen.  As visible in this elegantly cast piece, a tongue covers a large opening in the back, keeping the pebble in place. The animal's long, curved beak grasps a small animal, perhaps a frog. Its feet, splayed out to the side, are decorated with an ornate cross-hatched design. A bifurcated tail at the rear of his body adds to the elegant symmetry of the piece.