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Crocodile Pendant
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Crocodile Pendant


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Description Pendants were worn by men around the neck on ceremonial occasions. Columbus noted that the inhabitants of Panama who came to greet him wore gold pendants. This piece could have been created in Columbus's time or during the previous 600 years. The animals represented are often fierce ones with which a warrior would have wanted to associate. Two animals are frequently combined, creating a mythic creature with composite attributes. This crocodile-like pendant has either a double-tongue, or more likely a double-headed snake in its mouth. The tail is divided in two parts. The heads of the snake, as well as the claws of the feet are formed of spiral-like attachments. The loops for suspension are under the forefeet.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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Period
800-1521 (Pre-Early Conquest)
Medium
gold and copper alloy
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.302
Measurements
2 3/8 in. (6.03 cm)
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